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The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy, The Chisholm Trail, 1871
My Name is America Series Book #3 of 19 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Walter Dean Myers

Book Info

Published on April 1, 1999
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.0 (4.0 Points, Quiz #31189)
GLE: 5.9
DRA: 60
Lexile® measure: 1000L

In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
When I got home from church Mama wasn't home and there wasn't anything to eat, which was strange because Mama always made something special on Sundays.

Back Cover:
May 4, 1871 - I am getting more and more excited and Mama is getting more and more down in the mouth about me going on the drive. Last year when I saw the guys leaving for Kansas, I dreamed I was going with them, my hat pulled down low over my eyes and my wipe tied loose around my neck. Mama talked about farming and how good it was. I allowed how it was good, but what I dreamed about was being a cowboy.

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158 pages. List price $10.95
ISBN-10: 0590026917
ISBN-13: 9780590026918
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