Grade 5-7-Jimmy, whose story began in The Legend of Jimmy Spoon
(Harcourt, 1990), is here 17 and is restless and bored working at his father's fancy-goods store in Salt Lake City. When he sees a newspaper advertisement for "young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18..." wanted to ride the Pony Express, he is all fired up to go. His two years living with the Shoshone (described in the earlier book) qualify him for the job, and he enters the dangerous and rigorous life of a rider. But he is haunted by memories of the Shoshone, especially by thoughts of beautiful Nahanee, and throughout his adventures he wrestles with the decision to return to them. His exploits are exciting, the characters are well drawn, and period details are well integrated into the plot. While this title can stand alone, it brings readers full circle and those who have not read Legend will certainly want to do so after finishing this one.
Original title: Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Young Adult Westerns
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ United States and Canada