"Riding by Starlight represents a brilliant effort to captivate the reader and successfully recreate the excitement, true spirit of adventure, and friendship during the 1800's westward expansion. Wonderful, informative, entertaining." Wayne Ryznar, 6th grade teacher, Simsbury, Connecticut
Fifteen-year old Henry Trescott is concerned about the drought that is destroying his family's farm, so he leaves home in hopes of finding a job as a Pony Express Rider. A good rider can make $25 a week - and Henry is sure he can earn enough to save the farm in a few weeks. Things turn out differently than he plans, and it is almost a year before Henry is able to return home. In that time he makes new friends and comes of age in a rough and dangerous world.
An Excerpt from Riding by Starlight:My horse was a California mustang, surefooted in the uneven terrain, and we flew along the rocky ground. It was a hot day. Several times my vision blurred from sweat dripping into my eyes, but I did not dare try to wipe my brow. Every muscle in my body was intent on getting to the fort as fast as possible. My heart was pounding in time to the drumming of the horse's hooves. A song started forming in my head.
"Clippity-clop. Clippity-clop. Don't stop."
From the Author:Riding by Starlight is the story of Henry Trescott's adventures, an idea suggested to us by one of our friends, Judy Cowell, a middle school teacher who has been a great supporter of our books. After reading Blue Creek Farm Judy commented that Henry was such an interesting character that he needed his own story. It seemed to us that Henry's story was a natural, and we had fun figuring out how to explain his friendship with young Bill Cody and their adventures together. It was not the first time we wrote about a character's experiences in one book and then had to go back to fill in the blanks to complete their story.
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