Saturday, December 7, 2013
WESTERN READING FOR THE YOUNGER SET by CHERYL PIERSON
There’s been some discussion about how to get younger readers interested in western books in our group, and since today is “Six Sentence Saturday” I’d like to show everyone what James and Livia Reasoner have been working on.
James and Livia just had a book released through Painted Pony Books. It’s called THE PHANTOM RANGER AND THE SKATEBOARD GANG, and it’s for Middle Grade Readers, ages 9-12.
It’s an excellent story about a young girl, Codi Jackson, who solves the mystery of the "skateboard gang”—a group of kids who are terrorizing the local mall by stealing purses. Codi does this with the help of her great-great-great grandfather, Cody Jackson. Did I mention…he’s a ghost? It’s great reading and would make a wonderful Christmas gift for any young reader!
Here’s the blurb:
Codi Jackson and her father have been forced to move again. Codi’s getting used to being the “new girl” in her fifth grade class—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it. Can’t life just be normal? With her mother out of the picture and her father working odd shifts as a police officer, friends are important—as long as they’re not the wrong kind.
When Codi and a classmate, Keith Wright, are assigned to work on a history project, Codi has to make some hard decisions about her popularity in her new school.
But everything changes when Codi picks up an old Texas Rangers badge that belonged to one of her ancestors and he appears right before her eyes! Her great-great-great-grandfather says he’s come to help her, but how? And how is she going to explain the ghost of her long-ago Gramps to her history project partner and her father?
I chose the Six Sentences from where the phantom appears to Codi for the first time. I love the way he’s likable enough not to scare the socks off of Codi, but still, who wouldn’t be a little frightened ? Codi’s heart for adventure shines through and allows her to accept her ancestor and get to know him (that’s where the history part comes in!)
The badge started to feel warm. No, not warm, Codi realized. It was actually getting hot. She dropped it.
"Whut in tarnation?"
Codi gasped at the strange voice. She looked up, and her mouth fell open in shock. Her eyes grew wide as she pressed back against the headboard of her bed. Patches crouched and let out an angry hiss.
A man was standing at the foot of Codi's bed. A man with a short white beard and a big white hat...
The Phantom Ranger and the Skateboard Gang is available here: