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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

#RandomReview - News of the World

Book Title: News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

Janet Maslin wrote in a review for the New York Time (Oct. 1, 2016) "Ms. Jiles writes books that bring the natural world to life and are also agonizingly eventful. Her story in “News of the World” is painfully simple. An old man, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, is content to make his living as an itinerant news reader in Texas until he is charged with a much more difficult mission. A white girl, about 10, has been “rescued” from the Kiowa Indians who kidnapped her and killed her immediate family four years earlier. Would he please take her down to the San Antonio region and return her to her closest living relatives, an aunt and uncle?

This comes at a very bad time for Captain Kidd. It is the winter of 1870, and he is busy spreading the news that the 15th Amendment has just been ratified, extending the right to vote to all men without regard to race or previous condition of servitude. “That means colored gentlemen,” he tells his audiences. “Let us have no vaporings or girlish shrieks.” He would much rather continue with this than take a strange little girl on a long journey."

But he does take her and on the journey they slowly learn to accept each other. We learn a lot about Captain Kidd and his family; a little about Joanna, her history and future; and we wonder how it will end. Will they arrive safely? Will Joanna be accepted by her aunt and uncle? Will Capt. Kidd be reunited with his family? Will there be a happily-ever-after?

Why you picked it up: News of the World is this year's selection for On the Same Page, the community read hosted by the public libraries of Roselle, Bloomingdale and Itasca during the month of October.

Why you finished it: It was very well-written. I needed to find out what happened to Joanna and Captain Kidd in the end.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys westerns (even if you don't usually enjoy westerns), adventure stories, and historical fiction.

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