The Devil's Paintbox
By Victoria McKernan
Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440239628, 359pp.
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
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It is a chance at a new life for Aiden and Maddy, but one that is two thousand rough and perilous miles away. "It's said there's a grave a mile on the Oregon Trail," Jackson tells them bluntly. And Aiden soon learns that the greatest dangers go beyond storms, stampedes, and rattlesnakes. When smallpox, "the devil's paint," threatens an Indian community Aiden has befriended, his loyalties, wits, and courage are severely tested.
Adventure-filled and historically accurate, Victoria McKernan's novel captures both the peril and stunning beauty of the frontier West in an epic American story at once sweeping and intimate, heartbreaking and hopeful.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 8, 2008:
“Flawless attention to detail and steady pacing keep readers fully engaged . . . Readers will be riveted.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2009:
“This action-packed novel has all the elements of a good Western. . . Fans of wilderness survival stories or adventure sagas will appreciate it most.”