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The Abernathy Boys Hardcover – February 3, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Abernathy Boys
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064409538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064409537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6--Set in the early 20th century, this novel is based on the experiences of brothers Bud and Temple Abernathy. Bud has always dreamed about seeing the exotic places that his father describes in his stories. Although he is only nine years old, he carefully plots a route for him and his five-year-old brother to follow. With their daddy's permission and certain stipulations, the boys set out alone on horseback from their home in Oklahoma to travel through the Texas desert to Santa Fe, NM. During their trek, they encounter many dangers including quicksand, rattlesnakes, bad water, and mirages. They also meet kindhearted people who provide them with food and lodging. Ultimately, they are successful in their quest to visit all the locations on their itinerary and still return home in time for the beginning of the school year. The author uses dialect in the characters' conversations and includes historical figures, such as Theodore Roosevelt, to lend authenticity to the story. The boys' relationship develops from Temple's hero worship of his older brother to a truly close and loving friendship. Written with the matter-of-fact tone of a tall tale, the narrative provides glimpses of the old West and a way of life that is about to change forever. Filled with action and humor, it will appeal to reluctant readers as well as to those who are seeking stories of adventure and danger.--Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX
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Gr. 5-7. In this well-told, fictionalized account of a true-life adventure, nine-year-old Bud Abernathy and his five-year-old brother, Temple, ride on horseback across the from Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back. With the blessing of their incredibly indulgent father, the boys set out on this journey on nothing more than a whim. Young readers may find the first few chapters a bit slow, but things pick up when the brothers hit the trail and encounter rattlesnakes, scorpions, wolves, dust storms, and even kindly outlaws. Hunt layers his compelling adventure story with lively colloquial language as well as rich descriptions of the Old West in its waning days--a world in which the automobile is just beginning to overtake the horse. Todd Morning
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I want to review this book, the Abernathy Boys, because it is the best book I ever read!! I live in Chicago but I like to read about cowboys. This book is about two kids who go on their horses all across the wild west. They do it all by themselves without their parents. The most amazing part is that the story is true and really happened in 1909! The two kids were Bud and Temp Abernathy and they were only 9 and 5 years old when it happened. I am 10 and wish I could go with my brother on horses like they did. They get through quicksand, rattlesnakes, wolves and lots of other adventures and get all the way from Oklahoma to New Mexico. I won't say how it ends. When you read this book just remember it is true! I loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ever wonder what a "Vinegaroon" is? The boys find one on their journey through the west!

This is a great book about the bond of brothers, and what it means to grow up... even if you're still a kid.

Both kids have been riding horses almost before they could walk. The younger boy likes insects, and dreams of being like his older brother.

The boys are 9 and 5 when they go on their journey through the west, meeting all kinds of people and situations. (They go with their father's permission.)

It's an unusually well-drawn portrait of brothers relating to each other.

The journey is really interesting and keeps you reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, because it's interesting, it's based on a true story, and because of the vinegaroons! (An actual, stinging insect that lives on the desert.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Brockett on April 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hands-down, this is the best book my boys and I read this year. A great true adventure of boy-hood.
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By Meme Sue on January 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love this book it is well written & full of true facts about the boys & their adventures. Very good our grand kids love it.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wily Fox on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good work of fiction, but continues to mythologize an exploitation of two children that should never have been tolerated, much less aggrandized. The trek was likely made at their father's urging ("Catch 'em Alive Jack" Abernathy) in order to distract from investigations into his execution (or lack thereof) of a federal post. It may have also been to simply attract attention, sympathy and money. Abernathy was a showman, con artist, braggart and all around P. T. Barnum who met Theodore Roosevelt when he was president and milked it forever more. He was also my g-g-great uncle. My research into his character has left me -- shall we say -- unimpressed.
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