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The River of Cattle
The Will & Buck Series: Book One
For Readers 8 - 12 | Grades 3 - 7
by Alice V. Brock
Will Whitaker's eleventh summer is one thrill after another.
A cattle drive with a famous Texas Ranger, a Comanche trying to steal his horse, a buffalo stampede,
thirst-maddened cattle crossing eighty miles of alkali desert to a dangerous ford on the Pecos
River—it's almost more than Will can endure. He gets to work as a drover, riding his best friend
Buck, a big buckskin stallion, until he is captured by a vicious Comanche war chief. And only his worst
enemy can rescue him.
Two Feathers—half white, half Comanche—runs away from his tribe when he learns his uncle
killed his white father. He sees Will's horse and knows he is destined to have him, this great warrior's
horse. Camping alone and following the winding River of Cattle across the High Plains of West Texas, he
tries again and again to take him. Will foils him every time, but Two Feathers comes too close and is
captured by the drovers.
The two boys, both fighting the grief of their mother's deaths, both without a true home, face death and
danger separately, but eventually they must learn acceptance of each other's differences or their mutual
mistrust could lead them to disaster on the brutal Texas-New Mexico frontier.
Will they become brothers or mortal enemies?
Praise for The River of Cattle
"A compelling and triumphant introduction to the colorful bygone era of cattle drives. Alice
Brock entertainingly weaves fact and fiction into a dual tale of high drama, where diversity
and friendship must meet head-on to determine who survives."
— Tim Lewis, Director of the Writing Academy at West Texas A&M University, author of
"Two boys, one a drover on a cattle drive, and one a Comanche runaway, tackle wilderness adventures
in The River of Cattle. Each is mourning the loss of his mother. Will rides his handsome
buckskin stallion named Buck. Two Feathers rides Old Pony and camps alone to prove he is a fierce warrior.
"When Two Feathers decides Buck should belong to him, the two boys wrestle and wrangle. But with Yellow
Hawk chasing Two Feathers, cowboy and Comanche join together to survive the pursuit and try to figure out
each other's lifestyle.
"A rough riding tale in true Wild West fashion, The River of Cattle puts the reader in a saddle and
gallops away with him!"
— Doris Fisher, author of Army Camels, Jackson Sundown, and Odd Day, Even Day, Half Day
Alice V. Brock learned to love Western books as a child when her father brought home a Louis
L'Amour paperback Western and she fell in love with the cowboys galloping through those pages.
Mr. L'Amour's books, and TV shows like Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Bonanza of the late '50s and '60s
brought the West alive to her. The history of Texas and the Old West is full of real stories of
those times. Her wish is to bring them alive for kids of today. The Old West has not disappeared,
and Alice brings real people in the history of Texas and the Old West to her writing. Real
people who lived in history and have descendants who live today.
Her chance to see cowboys in action came when she married and moved to her husband's family ranch
in Iola, Texas, where she watches the grazing cattle from her kitchen window. Her grandchildren
are the fifth generation to live on the Brock Ranch.
To learn more about Alice V. Brock and her writing, visit her website at
www.AliceVBrock.com. Watch for announcements
about the next book in the Will and Buck series, Murder on the Pecos.
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