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Twelve-year-old Rose sets out to prove her brother's innocence when he is accused of shooting a politician during a Wild West Show performance in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1886. Simultaneous.
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Grade 4-6-Rose Taylor, 12, wants to be a trick-rider in the Wild West Show, but in 1886 Louisville, KY, she has to settle for assisting her older brother, Zane, with his sharpshooting act and playing the part of a settler fleeing from American Indians. When General Judson, a supporter of the Dawes Allotment Act, is shot during a performance and Zane is charged with attempted murder, Rose sets out to clear his name. She suspects that the real target was Senator North, a staunch advocate for American Indian rights, and that Chief White Bear, a Dakota Indian who performs in the show, knows more than he will tell. While she receives assistance from the 13-year-old son of the Wild West Show's co-owner and clues from Chief White Bear, it is Rose herself who must solve the mystery and bring the would-be assassin to justice. While there are some historical inaccuracies, such as South Dakota called a state three years before it was admitted to the Union, the story strives to be true to the era while incorporating modern sensibilities about prejudice and racial injustice.
Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Bellevue Regional Library, WA
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