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The Devil's Paintbox
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ember
Publication date November 12, 2013
Pages 359
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780449816554
ISBN-10 0449816559
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $9.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: When almost-16-year-old Aiden Lynch and his little sister, Maddy, first meet trailrider Jefferson J. Jackson, they're eating clay and hunting grasshoppers on the remains of their family's drought-ravaged Kansas farm. In short, the two orphans are starving to death, so when this man Jackson offers an escape—a 2000-mile journey across the roughest country in the world—Aiden knows it's their only choice.

They say there are a hundred ways to die on the Oregon Trail, and the long wagon journey is broken only by catastrophe: wolf attacks, tornadoes, rattlesnakes, deadly river crossings, Indians, and the looming threat of smallpox, "the devil's paint." But with the sky a cornflower blue and the air sweet with new prairie grass, Aiden and Maddy and a hundred fellow travelers move forward with a growing hope, and the promise of a new life in the Washington Territory.

Adventure-filled and historically accurate, Victoria McKernan captures both the peril and stunning beauty of the frontier West in an epic American story at once sweeping and intimate, heartbreaking and hopeful.

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