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From Publishers Weekly

Seasoned author Fleischman (The 13th Floor) returns with a spirited novel set against the California Gold Rush. Plucking a character out of history?Joaquin Murieta, an infamous 1850s Mexican outlaw?he expertly crafts a fictionalized tale that takes a clear-eyed look at bigotry and racism, while steering away from the twin pitfalls of pedantry and sermonizing. Told from the point of view of Annyrose Smith, an orphan in search of her brother Lank, the story starts with a bang (she's swept off with the banditos) and never lets up its fierce pace. All the trademarks of one of Fleischman's rollicking yarns are here, from treachery aplenty and multiple cases of mistaken identity, to colorful rascals?all delivered with a double helping of humor (as when Annyrose attempts to teach the outlaw to read and he remarks, "They tell me my name starts with a J. Yes, I have seen that shape on wanted posters"). Fueled by brisk dialogue and lively descriptions ("my heart sounded like woodpeckers in my ears"), the story moves as swiftly as a whitewater stream, carrying readers along for an exhilarating ride. It's not all thundering hooves and gunfire, however. Fleischman also tucks in weightier issues, as Annyrose ruminates on such concepts as revenge, villainy and friendship while riding with the outlaw?who, as it turns out, is hardly the bloodthirsty figure he's been painted to be. Food for thought packaged inside a most enticing adventure. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-6-An exciting novel set in the days of the California Gold Rush. After young Annyrose breaks her ankle, she is left with the evil O. O. Mary by her brother, who continues on to make his fortune in the mines. She is saved from this horrible fate by the Mexican bandit Joaquin Murieta, who has come for revenge against the people who murdered his family and stole his land. Thinking that Annyrose is a boy, Joaquin takes her along with his gang so that she can teach him to read. During her travels with the band, Annyrose gains an understanding of the injustices the ruthless bandits are avenging and becomes friends with Joaquin and the others despite her fears and objections. She alternately helps and hinders their endeavors and is ultimately reunited with her brother. Written in the style of an old Western, the book is full of lore and legend of the Old West. It is fun, fast, and wild, but there is a serious side to the story. In an author's note, readers learn that a Mexican bandit, Joaquin Murieta, became a legend as both a cutthroat and a Robin Hood-type figure. Fleischman makes Joaquin a sympathetic central character as he shows the injustices suffered by minorities during this time of greed and lawlessness. This is classic Sid Fleischman: a quick read, with lots of twists, wonderful phrasing, historical integrity, and a bit of the tall tale thrown in.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061450960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061450969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Annyrose is just twelve years old, but she's already an orphan, and she's stranded with a mean, thieving old woman on a California ranch while her brother mines for gold. When a famous outlaw, Joaquin Murieta, attacks the ranch, the last thing Annyrose expects him to do is rescue her. But that's what he does. Annyrose is disguised as a boy, and Joaquin allows her to ride with him in exchange for reading lessons. Annyrose is determined to find her brother, though. Will she ever find him or is she stuck with the outlaws, whose thieving and murderous ways she dissaproves of? This action packed novel is a fun, quick read, and spunky Annyrose and the other characters jump from the pages and come alive. A great book.
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If this isn't a classic already, then it definitely should be. Bandit's Moon is by far my favorite childhood book, and still remains one of my favorites even today. Although aimed at middle school aged children, it is a fantastic tale of a young girl who ends up on a crazy adventure with Mexican bandits. Though less detailed than a novel aimed at an older audience would be, I still feel like Bandit's Moon captures the culture of the time period.

Based off a true--though little known--person, there is plenty of leeway for wild adventures without going far from what truly happened to the real Joaquin. The dialogue between characters is written to show the accents of the Mexican bandits, as well as the many other characters. Each character has his own story to tell, with each melding together to push the plot along.

Bandit's Moon is a fantastic tale of adventure that will take young readers right along with the Mexican Bandits and their young tag-along. Full of action, fun dialogue, and colorful characters, it's a book worth reading by any age group.

I bought this book, and therefore was not required nor asked to write a review, nor a positive one at that. I was not compensated for this review.
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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This review is on a book called Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleishman. What I liked about this book is that the author described very well what was going on. You could imagine yourself being there. My favorite character was Annyrose because she never gave up on finding her long lost brother. She would also keep a secret and not tell anyone that she was a friend with a bandit. I would recommend this book to someone who likes adventures.
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This book is about Annyrose Smith and her unusual friend Joaquin Murieta. Annyrose starts off living with a woman by the name of O. O. Mary who treats her worse than an animal. One day, O.O. Mary hears that Joaquin Murieta is coming and he's looking for her. O. O. Mary sets Annyrose loose to fend for herself, and O.O. Mary escapes from town. Joaquin happens upon Annyrose and mistaking her for a boy he takes her off on his bandit's adventures throughout California during the Gold Rush Period.
Annyrose is a proper, young girl who was raised to do the appropriate things. In the beginning of the novel, Joaquin and Annyrose understand very little about each other. It's interesting to watch their relationship grow througout the story.
All the girls (average age, 10) liked the story tremendously; however, they all felt that it had a slow beginning. I do believe that the character of Annyrose was a wonderful main character and girls can find a lot of strength in this character.
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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book I am reviewing is Bandit's Moon, by Sid Fleischman. It was an "ok" kind of book. My favorite part was when Annyrose found Lank, her long lost brother. That was my favorite part because that was the most exciting event that happened in the story. I would recommend it to someone who likes a good mystery and an exciting story. Find out what happened to Annyrose and Lank in Bandits Moon and read this story!
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A Kid's Review on November 21, 2001
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The book I am reviewing is Bandit's Moon, by Sid Fleischman. It was an ok kind of book. My favorite part was when Annyrose found Lank, her long lost brother. That was my favorite part because that was one of the most exciting events that happened in the story. I would recommend it to someone who likes a good mystery. Find out what happened to Annyrose and Lank in Bandits Moon.
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A Kid's Review on October 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Bandit's Moon" is a great book for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. I'm a 5th grader and I loved it! It's about a girl named Annyrose Smith who gets left by her brother at a woman named O.O.Mary's house. O.O. Mary sells all of Annyrose's things she even cuts off all her hair and sells it! The story takes place during the Gold Rush in California.The Bandit Joaquin Murita comes and Annyrose asks him to take her with him. He takes her and she teaches him how to read. One of my favorite parts in this book is when Joaquin proves all his friends wrong that he did learn to read. This is a must read for people who love adventure.Go out there and buy this book!
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A Kid's Review on October 15, 2001
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"Bandit's Moon" is a great book for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. I'm a 5th grader and I loved it! It's about a girl named Annyrose Smith who gets left by her brother at a woman named O.O.Mary's house. O.O. Mary sells all of Annyrose's things she even cuts off all her hair and sells it! The story takes place during the Gold Rush in California.The Bandit Joaquin Murita comes and Annyrose asks him to take her with him. He takes her and she teaches him how to read. One of my favorite parts in this book is when Joaquin proves all his friends wrong that he did learn to read. This is a must read for people who love adventure.Go out there and buy this book!
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