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Publisher Comments:

Three warnings for readers who hate surprises: 1. Beware of slivers, 2. and gamblers, 3. and aces.

Zebulon Crabtree found all that out the hard way back in 1849 when his mother and father shipped him off to St. Louis to apprentice with a tanner. Too bad he had serious allergies to fur and advice from his parents. Hearing the beat of a different drummer, Zeb takes up with a riverboat gambler who has some special plans for him, crosses paths with a slave who turns out to be a better friend than cook, and learns that some Indian medicine men can see even though blind. And then theres the Brotherhood—the one that Zeb cant seem to get out of . . . Lucky for us, the price of living in turbulent times is often a good story, and Zeb spins an unforgettable one.

Review:

"Returning to the banks of the Mississippi in his second novel, Helgerson (Horns and Wrinkles) creates an enjoyable yarn, albeit one that feels a little rushed. Twelve-year-old Zebulon 'Zeb' Crabtree is sent down the river to St. Louis to become an apprentice tanner, much to his dismay ('when I tried to point out that working with hides might rip my nose apart, Pa claimed that us Crabtrees were made of sterner stuff'). On the riverboat, a gambler named Chilly persuades him to be his apprentice instead, and Zeb is quickly inaugurated into the gambling underworld, hiding behind the wall of a poker room to signal other players' hands to Chilly and getting mixed up in Chilly's attempt to cheat a blind Native American chief. Eventually, Zeb has doubts about the life he's chosen and is forced to make some hard choices. Zeb has a strong voice and personality (though his cluelessness strains believability), and the supporting characters — including the chief's daughter and a slave named Ho-John — are well-defined. A thorough afterword and glossary nicely supplement the novel, but the quick resolution will leave readers wanting. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Leaving St. Louis in 1849, Zebulon Crabtree takes up with a riverboat gambler who has some special plans for him, crosses paths with a slave who becomes a friend, and learns that some Indian medicine men can see even though blind. Illustrations.

About the Author

Joseph Helgerson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, daughter, and son. He grew up in a small town on the Mississippi River, where his parents often took him and his brothers sandbar camping. Today he carries on that tradition with his own family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618883950
Author:
Helgerson, Joseph
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Illustrator:
De Seve, Peter
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Social Issues - Values
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Houghton Mifflin Stereotype Editions
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.12 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 352 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780618883950 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Returning to the banks of the Mississippi in his second novel, Helgerson (Horns and Wrinkles) creates an enjoyable yarn, albeit one that feels a little rushed. Twelve-year-old Zebulon 'Zeb' Crabtree is sent down the river to St. Louis to become an apprentice tanner, much to his dismay ('when I tried to point out that working with hides might rip my nose apart, Pa claimed that us Crabtrees were made of sterner stuff'). On the riverboat, a gambler named Chilly persuades him to be his apprentice instead, and Zeb is quickly inaugurated into the gambling underworld, hiding behind the wall of a poker room to signal other players' hands to Chilly and getting mixed up in Chilly's attempt to cheat a blind Native American chief. Eventually, Zeb has doubts about the life he's chosen and is forced to make some hard choices. Zeb has a strong voice and personality (though his cluelessness strains believability), and the supporting characters — including the chief's daughter and a slave named Ho-John — are well-defined. A thorough afterword and glossary nicely supplement the novel, but the quick resolution will leave readers wanting. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Leaving St. Louis in 1849, Zebulon Crabtree takes up with a riverboat gambler who has some special plans for him, crosses paths with a slave who becomes a friend, and learns that some Indian medicine men can see even though blind. Illustrations.
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