In 1872, while journeying from Texas to Kansas, a Civil War veteran named Melvin meets a sixteen-year-old orphan, another Melvin, and they give each other nicknames and become partners and traveling companions on an exciting adventure.
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Twenty-seven-year-old Melvin Fitchett (a.k.a. Stick) and 16-year-old Melvin Smyte (Whittle) may have the same first name, but they couldn't be more different. Stick is a disenchanted ex-Confederate soldier who's been searching for his lost sweetheart for eight long years. Whittle is a rough and tumble orphan who's seeking his fortune in whatever direction fate may take him. Together, they travel the wilderness in pursuit of adventure, or the whereabouts of Stick's beloved Evelyn--whichever comes first. They get a taste of both when Stick answers an advertisement to rescue a rich man's kidnapped daughter from an evil outlaw, and discovers that the daughter's governess is none other than his dear Evelyn! Stick and Whittle trace the bandit to his lair with the assistance of the shady Only Olsen and a helpful Cheyenne pair, Talking Rock and Brings the Rain. Along with gunshots, galloping horses, and blazing tumbleweeds, there's a happy ending.
Despite Stick and Whittle's somewhat sanitized take on the Old West, the playful banter between the two unlikely friends will tickle the funny bones of younger teens.
'If you're thirsty, Whittle, you ought not talk so much. Words use up moisture when you say them.'Author Sid Hite takes his time jump-starting the action, but when Stick and Whittle finally get around to saving Evelyn, the skirmish is positively page-turning. A good Western read for the middle school set that will definitely rustle up a few laughs. (Ages 10 to 14) --Jennifer Hubert About the Author:
'If that's true, you must be dryer than dust.'
Sid grew up in a family of seven in the small town of Bowling Green, Virginia. After high school, he traveled for several years through more than twenty countries. Upon returning to the States, Sid worked a number of jobs before deciding to become a full time writer. His love for novels began when he was a teenager, and he decided then that he wanted to become a fiction writer someday. Sid has received several awards and recognitions for his writing, including Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start.” He currently lives in upstate New York.
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Book Description Scholastic, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110439098289
Book Description Scholastic. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0439098289 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1088165