The Adventures of Midnight Son (Hardcover)

By Denise Lewis Patrick

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805047141, 152pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1997

List Price: 16.00*
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Description

"There ain't no words right enough to explain feelin' free."

On a dark Texas night in 1863 Midnight Son escapes from the plantation where he has lived all his life. In constant fear of bounty hunters, he hides in trees during the day and travels by night until he makes it across the border into Mexico.

Free from slavery, Midnight finds work as a ranch hand and soon learns the ropes of a cowpoke. But as exciting as the job is, Midnight must face life-threatening situations everyday--like leading a team through a twister--in order to protect his herd.

Denise Lewis Patrick explores the physical and emotional experiences of a young cowboy who is coming to grips with his past, learning to accept the racial tensions around him, and ultimately embracing the goodness he has found in others.



About the Author

Denise Lewis Patrick has written more than twenty books for children. Before writing full-time, she worked in publishing as a staff writer and editor. Denise has been telling stories since she was eight years old. She remembers, as a child, binding her hand-written manuscripts with a needle and thread to create her very own books.Ms. Patrick lives on Staten Island with her husband and their four sons. This is her first book for middle-grade readers.


Praise For The Adventures of Midnight Son

"In a voice strong and true, Patrick's narrator easily carries the story, winning readers' hearts in an unusual combination of rip-roaring action scenes interspersed with internal monologues of self-discovery. This is a seriouis character study, work of historical fiction, and action-adventure rolled into one."--Kirkus Reviews

"Midnight is a compelling character as he wrestles with his feelings of anger and loss, and the story is rich in sensory details and historical facts on the challenging and eventful life of a young wrangler on a cattle drive."--Booklist

"An excellent choice for the reluctantly literary."--School Library Journal