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Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love

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From acclaimed authors Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack Jr. comes a thrilling biography of an unforgettable man told in compelling graphic novel form. Born into slavery in 1854, Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West. A contemporary and acquaintance of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, Nat was widely known as an expert roper and driver, a crack shot, and a real Wild West character. Featuring lively full-color artwork by Randy DuBurke, Best Shot in the West is an exhilarating mix of high-interest historical fiction and nonstop adventure.

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"Although you wouldn't know it from typical cowboy stories and movies, about a quarter of actual cowhands were African-American, and this is the story of the most famous of them, the champion horse breaker and rifle shot known as Deadwood Dick. Nat Love was born into slavery in Tennessee, but left after emancipation to go to Dodge City, Kans., and find fortune as a cowboy. A nonstop run of cattle drives, shooting contests, and adventures in Indian Territory — interspersed with meetings with Bat Masterson and the like — follows until Love retires to become a Pullman porter. Based on his 1907 autobiography, much of this lively tale probably stretches the truth in the penny dreadful style of the day, but the McKissacks and DuBurke bring this world alive with judicious quotations — on buying his first suit of new clothes, Love says, 'I looked like a man. I felt like a man' — and, in particular, dramatic full-color art. DuBurke channels elements of classic art of the Old West — the horses, guns, and Indians all feel authentic — while keeping strong characterization at the forefront. While a bit more history might have been welcome, the result is a fine introduction to a little-known piece of Americana. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the Coretta Scott King and Newbery award-winning author of more than 100 books about the African-American experience. She lives in Missouri.

Fredrick L. McKissack Jr. is the author of numerous books. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Randy DuBurke is the illustrator of several books. He lives in Switzerland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811857499
Author:
Mckissack, Patricia C.
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Author:
McKissack, Pat
Author:
Duburke, Randy
Author:
Chronicle Books
Author:
McKissack, Patricia C.
Author:
McKissack, Frederick L.
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Cowboys -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.5 x 0.61 in 0.92 lb
Age Level:
13-22

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although you wouldn't know it from typical cowboy stories and movies, about a quarter of actual cowhands were African-American, and this is the story of the most famous of them, the champion horse breaker and rifle shot known as Deadwood Dick. Nat Love was born into slavery in Tennessee, but left after emancipation to go to Dodge City, Kans., and find fortune as a cowboy. A nonstop run of cattle drives, shooting contests, and adventures in Indian Territory — interspersed with meetings with Bat Masterson and the like — follows until Love retires to become a Pullman porter. Based on his 1907 autobiography, much of this lively tale probably stretches the truth in the penny dreadful style of the day, but the McKissacks and DuBurke bring this world alive with judicious quotations — on buying his first suit of new clothes, Love says, 'I looked like a man. I felt like a man' — and, in particular, dramatic full-color art. DuBurke channels elements of classic art of the Old West — the horses, guns, and Indians all feel authentic — while keeping strong characterization at the forefront. While a bit more history might have been welcome, the result is a fine introduction to a little-known piece of Americana. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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