The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner

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Wanted: One low-lifed, sniveling scoundrel

Artemis Bonner wants to set the record straight. He's just arrived in Tombstone, Arizona, to avenge the murder of his uncle Ugly Ned Bonner. And if he happens to stumble across the gold mine his uncle described on his deathbed, then would be just fine, too.

The murderous scalawag Catfish Grimes and his equally odious campaignion Lucy Featherdip are on the loose. They're desperate to find the gold mine and claim it for themselves as Artemis and his sidekick, Frolic, chase the pair from Mexico to the Alaskan Territory and back again. Artemis and Catfish are headed for a showdown in front of the Bird Cage Saloon...the exact spot where Uncle Ugly met his Untimely Demise. Here's the whole story -- and the Truth as well.

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Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Grade 7 Up-- The pointed invitation to Artemis Bonner comes from his Aunt Mary in Tombstone, Arizona: ``I have saved four hundred dollars . . .,'' she writes, ``and half of it will be yours . . . if you will Avenge your uncle's Cruel death.'' The year is 1882; and for a 15-year-old New York City sign painter, the promised bounty is irresistible. And so our hero is on the next train West. So far, so good. Even better is Artemis's own unselfconsciously humorous first-person voice that is full of outrageously inflated frontier rhetoric and colorful figures of speech. And, indeed, for its first four chapters the book is a sheer farcical delight, but then Artemis meets up with the villains, Catfish Grimes and his lady friend, and the fun starts to fade away like air leaving a leaky tire. What punctures the humorously inflated narrative tone is the sharp-edged fact that these characters are seriously trying to kill one another and that, no matter how much Artemis protests that he is a man who is fighting for justice, he is as much a potential murderer as Catfish and Lucy. Unfortunately, all of the early invention leaves the plot at about the same time, and the book degenerates into a redundant series of increasingly brutal and violent encounters, reaching a moral nadir when Artemis--as weary of the fighting as the reader is--hires an assassin to murder his antagonists for him. What little comedy remains becomes forced, vulgar, and far too reliant on toilet humor for its effect. The story limps to an improbable conclusion (despite a lot of heavy-handed foreshadowing), and readers are left to ponder, in bewilderment, what in the world went wrong with such a promising premise.
- Michael Cart, formerly at Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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