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A Long Way to Whiskey Creek by Patricia Beatty


“This delightful tale of the Old West stars 13-year-old Parker Quiney, his companion Nate and Parker’s dog, J.E.B. Stuart. Boys and dog go on a journey to bring back the body of Parker’s brother from Whiskey Creek. On the way they have escapades with a lady blacksmith and her preacher husband, and a Mexican fortune teller and her charlatan husband. The “Texas talk,” and the vivid descriptions of people and places make this book a very entertaining one.” Library Journal



For readers age 11 and above.


Take an ornery illiterate, Parker Quiney, and the tenderfoot son of a wisdom-bringer, Nate Graber, headed 400 miles north to fetch the body of Parker’s brother; cross their path through 1879 Texas with a gospel shark and his blacksmith wife, a Mexican witch, “saloon” ladies, stampeding cattle, a bookish Eastern family homesteading, an old reprobate making restitution—and you have a recipe that, in practiced hands, can’t fail. Not, of course, that Parker and Nate, skinny and fat. Rebel and Yankee, cowboy boots vs. “sodbuster shoes” and the rest, can help but learn from each other and become more alike, the one who prides himself on his know-how (and everything else) doing most of the learning. But if the taming of Parker is the point, there are distractions aplenty, not the least being the very distractions the boys devise to get out of towns in a hurry. One of these, the dodge of the slavering dog, the Author’s Note attributes to her teenage daughter…
— Kirkus Reviews