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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Lawrence
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Book Description

Introducing P.K. Pinkerton, Master of Disguise



When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in . . .



Narrated by the incredibly lively Pinky, this thrilling high-speed chase through the Wild West will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.




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Praise for PK PINKERTON AND THE DEADLY DESPERADOS:
 
Amazon Best Book 2012
Kirkus Best Book 2012
Indie Next Pick
Booklist Top 10 Youth Crime Fiction
Booklist Top 10 Youth Western
 
 
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
“Curious, clever, and very funny…P.K.'s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind's distinctive strengths. Any child who's felt like a 'Misfit' or 'Freak of Nature' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW FROM BOOKLIST:
“A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
 “[F]ast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure … A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut.”
 
 
FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“[E]nergetic, vividly written series opener… this agile story should keep readers’ attention from first page to last.”
 
 
FROM THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
“Wild chases, wilder disguises, goofy humor, wordplay, a delightfully gruesome end for Whittlin’ Walt, and a strong hint of episodes to come all provide a passel of good readin’.”
 
 
FROM HORN BOOK:
“[A] bang-up series starter, …[this] strongly voiced account succeeds as a rousing adventure that promises more action in another installment just around the corner.”
 
 
FROM VOYA:
“[Q]uick paced and engaging, moving from one escapade to the next without ever slowing down.”

Book Description

Introducing P.K. Pinkerton, Master of Disguise

When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in . . .

Narrated by the incredibly lively Pinky, this thrilling high-speed chase through the Wild West will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a real Western kids will enjoy February 16, 2012
By Jay Jay
Format:Hardcover
It's September, 1862. Why does Whittlin Walt want to kill a twelve-year-old, twice orphaned kid in Virginia City, Nevada? That's the first mystery in the new Western Mysteries children's series by Caroline Lawrence. Her previous Roman Mysteries series took place in the ancient world, but they didn't have guns back then and P.K. Pinkerton is staring down the four-inch barrel of a Smith and Wesson number 1 seven-shooter.

So if you want to know why P.K. Pinkerton is going to be killed on September 28, 1862, you need to read The Case of the Deadly Desperadoes. Along the way, you are going to be treated to some things author and historian Caroline Lawrence describes so well. You'll find out what it is like to ride on slippery top of a stage coach, gamble with professionals in a saloon, go inside a Chinese laundry, prowl the streets and back alleys of a lawless town, and meet people who are just as desperate and deadly as the desperadoes out to kill P.K. Caroline writes so you feel you are there...without gore, but without a lot of sugar coating either.

In P.K. Pinkerton, you find a likable kid. He can read, write, and do sums. He can ride a horse with or without a saddle, shoot a gun, skin game, spark a fire, and tell what a horse has eaten by the smell of the manure. P.K. has all the important skills a civilized kid in the 1860's should have. He's honest and principled.

But P.K. also has a major flaw, or as he calls it, 'his Thorn'. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult for people in social situations. For P.K., it means he can't read people's true intentions. He doesn't understand what might be behind a person's smile and so he has trust issues and confidence issues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate for younger audiences December 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book with a group of 12 year old boys as part of guided reading time. I strongly recommend that this book is only given to much older students. One of the main characters is a prostitute, and there are frank discussions about what she does for a living. There is a scene where P.K. Runs through a hotel room where a man and woman are "bouncing up and down on the bed". The "soiled dove" (prostitute) is called a "filthy whore" by another character. Also many uses of mild swear words but still too much for age 10 as the book recommends.
My biggest complaint with the book however, is the boring and repetitive plot that is filled with far too much description of the town and not nearly enough information about the characters. About one third of the chapters did nothing to move the story forward. I stopped reading the book with the students and finished it myself to tell them what happened. They were relieved to be done with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
If you'd be interested in knowing how Virginia City sounded, smelled, and looked when Mark Twain was there in the 1860s, read Caroline Lawrence's new book, _The Case of the Deadly Desperados_. She has a talent for bringing vividly to life the place (above AND below ground) and the odd assortment of people in it .

Sam Clemens turns up on his first day at the Territorial Enterprise. Some of his lines are familiar and he fits right into the story line, including one scene where he manages to disappear when a fight starts in a saloon.

Joe Goodman and Dan DeQuille also have
guest appearances, all neatly woven into a fast paced adventure about an unusual but resourceful youngster being pursued by truly menacing outlaws .

There are some surprising insights about poker games, opium dens and body language which are only part of the useful information included in this tale. Sometimes scary, It's still a romp.

My local library already owns the English publication of the work, along with all of her earlier 17 volume series. _The Roman Mysteries_. The US version of her new venture into our West has already been given a positive reception by Booklist. Kirkus and Amazon (where it is a book of the month!) It was warmly reviewed in the New York Times Feb 12.

Written for the juvenile market, it was completely delightful for this adult. I recommend buying it for some young person in your life, but reading it before you hand it over. This is the first of a new series. Her first, Roman Mysteries, taking place in ancient Rome, ended up as a TV series in England. The story line in this one could make a movie!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing book April 7, 2012
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
The Case of the Deadly Desperadoes is a phenomenal book! This book has a famous person in it, but I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to find out about reading the book. If you don't read this book well bad luck because you'll think reading is boring!

This all happened in 1862, so it's about 150 years ago. It was mostly in Virginia City. This boy called P.K. Pinkerton (the main character) is getting chased by three desperadoes and they're deadly. They're the most feared desperadoes in Virginia.

It all started in Temperance. It was P.K.'s twelfth birthday, and two important people to him died that day, and he almost died two days later as well!

This is an amazing book with all the action, excitement, shooting, and the killing. This book will shoot you away
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars introduced me to the first book when she told how happy she was to be...
We own the Virginia City Inn in Virginia City Nevada where the book takes place. A 10 year old guest, with eyes wide opened with excitement, introduced me to the first book when... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye
My daughter introduced me to the Roman Mysteries of Caroline Lawrence, which our entire family read and loved. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hearth's Fyre
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and fun
A fun and intelligent story, this book is an interesting approach to young adult fiction. Although it will be hard to find a kid for this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Habs
5.0 out of 5 stars good for an 11 yr old boy
My 11 year old son loved this book! He can't wait for the next one in the series. Is it a series?
Published on January 10, 2013 by Johanna Hibbard
1.0 out of 5 stars Questionable Content for Young Readers
Based on the reviews of this book, we allowed our 9-year-old son to select Deadly Desperados for a school project. Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new series
I enjoyed greatly Caroline Lawrence's earlier series, The Roman Mysteries, and just finished this first volume in her Western Mysteries. Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by Fred Mench
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Here's my thoughts on Caroline Lawrence's The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Debbie Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rave from the New York Times Book Review, 2/12/2012
"The first sentence of Caroline Lawrence's "Case of the Deadly Desperados" whizzes past like a bullet from a Derringer pistol: "My name is P. K. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Margaret McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully-constructed adventure
This is the best book I've read in ages. It's brilliantly plotted, has fantastic characters. P.K. was an amazing main character and so unusual. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by ML Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars The must-read book of 2012!
My daughters absolutely loved Caroline's Roman Mysteries books so we're super excited about the Western Mysteries! This first book about P. K. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by jojo33
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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series in the UK.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012.

"I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury

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