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Saddle up! We're headed for Deadwood. When Prometheus Jones wins a horse with the raffle ticket he got from Pernie and LaRue Boyd, he knows things won't go smoothly. No way are those two rednecks going to let a black man, even a freeman from the day of his birth, keep that horse. So as soon as things get ugly, he jumps on the horse, pulls his friend Omer up behind him, andSaddle up! We're headed for Deadwood. When Prometheus Jones wins a horse with the raffle ticket he got from Pernie and LaRue Boyd, he knows things won't go smoothly. No way are those two rednecks going to let a black man, even a freeman from the day of his birth, keep that horse. So as soon as things get ugly, he jumps on the horse, pulls his friend Omer up behind him, and heads off. They hook up with a cattle drive out of Texas heading for Deadwood, North Dakota. Prometheus is a fine hand with a horse and not so bad with a gun, and both skills prove useful as the trip north throws every twist and turn imaginable at the young cowpokes. The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, a Voice of Youth Advocates Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers book, revives the famous "dime novels" about "Deadwood Dick" written by Edward L. Wheeler, which, in turn, were loosely based on the autobiography of the African American cowboy Nat Love....

Title : The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones
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ISBN : 9781590786376
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-10-24 21:41

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comPrometheus Jones (gotta love his name!) is a young black boy turned cowboy. After the death of his mother and the luck of winning a one-eyed horse, Prometheus heads west along with his eleven-year-old cousin named Omer. Prometheus has headed to Texas to find the father he never knew. THE ADVENTUROUS DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES doesn't hesitate to describe the rough and often dangerous life of the cowboy. The two young cowboys get themselves jobs with a cattle driving company and the adventure begins. There is enough cattle roping, gun slinging, and run-ins with Indians to satisfy the wildest western lover. Readers will learn about the dangers of stampeding cattle, swimming rushing rivers, and facing the possibility of being scalped by the Sioux. Author Helen Hemphill offers something a bit different than the usual YA material. Her description of being a black cowboy in a world of mostly white cattle-drivers provides an interesting historical perspective most books don't include. Also, the fact that the hard-working, courageous characters are quite young compared to modern-day working teens provides not only entertainment, but also a heads-up that today's kids don't have it so bad at all.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-28 19:35

    This was an outstanding middle reader! Excellent characters, historical accuracy/significance and really funny. I was laughing along until tragedy hit and gob-smacked me upside the head. What a great historical fiction (cowboy western) read. Excited to share with my students! I won this copy at NCTE: Atlanta.

  • Mary Louise Sanchez
    2018-11-14 22:28

    Prometheus Jones, a thirteen-year-old Negro in Tennesee wins a a one-eyed horse in a raffle but knows no white people are going to let him keep it and may even accuse him of being a horse thief, so he and his cousin, Omer, skidaddle out of "Dodge." Jones' ma is dead and his pa got sold up the river to Texas in 1861 so there's nothing to keep the cousins in Tennessee any longer. The young lads get hired as cowhands on a cattle drive headed to the bad lands of Dakota Territory and then they'll try to find Prometheus' pa in Texas. Along the way, they prove their worth to the cattle company and get to know the other cowhands on the trip like smooth Rio, a Mexican from Texas. This story has adventures a' plenty with gun slinging,stampeding cattle, rushing rivers and the possibility of getting scalped by Indians. It's all told in an authentic time period voice,vocabulary, dialogue, setting, even stereotypes and plenty of cliff hangers just like the old time western serial movies. The author's research about the real African American cowboys, especially Nat Love, who wrote a narrative of his adventures in the West, is embedded in this historical fiction story.

  • Charlyn
    2018-10-31 23:33

    Prometheus Jones is only thirteen when he receives a raffle ticket from Pernie Boyd LaRue as payment for breaking a horse for Pernie. But when Prometheus's ticket is the winner of a horse, the LaRue brothers accuse Prometheus of stealing the ticket. Because Prometheus is a young, free black youngster, the odds of others believing he came by the ticket honestly aren't good. Fleeing from the fight on the newly-won horse, Prometheus picks up his cousin Omer and whatever money he can and the two boys head west to fulfill Premetheus's dream to go to Texas and find his father. They come to the end of their money before the end of their trail so Prometheus gets a trail boss to hire them to help on a trail ride to Kansas. This story is reminiscent of the adventures of black cowboy Nat Love, but the book contains examples of prejudice towards blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The stories ring true and the harsh experience of the cattle drivve is not romanticized. The book is packed with adventure and cliffhangers.

  • Alex
    2018-11-12 20:29

    Prometheus Jones wins a horse near Nashville, and he and his cousin Omer decide to head out west to make their fortune. They join a cowboy company who is driving a heard of cattle up to the Dakotas. Prometheus is looking for information on his father who is supposed to be living in Texas, but he uses the trip north to learn about himself and life on the road. Great descriptions help set the pace of the book, and there are lots of colorful characters and threats along the way.This is not really a historical fiction in the sense that this tale actually happened, but it paints an accurate picture of what life was like on the trail. The racial tension is also apt, and the dynamic of Prometheus and his friend Rio is one of the better themes of the story.

  • Jean
    2018-11-06 01:44

    This well-researached and written book is a great choice for a Golden Sower Nominee. It is not only a multi-cultural book, but the cattle drive takes place in familiar areas of Nebraska. The action-packed western theme will also be attractive to middle school boys. I was impressed by the authentic voice of the book and learned from the Author's Note that Hemphill based Prometheus on the autobiography of Nat Love, an African American cowboy "with a freewheeling spirit and a Wild West gusto." The character,Nack,reminded me of my dad who was also a cowboy in his youth, lost a foot in his old age (though not as dramatically), and whose cantakerous exterior covered a basicallly good heart. My favorite quote from the book: "It ain't death that kills you. It's life."

  • Jonathan Smith
    2018-10-30 23:56

    Prometheus Jones was born into luck; he was born on the same day as the Emancipation Proclamation. He wins a horse in a raffle and him and his cousin Omer head out west to find Mr. Jones, or the master that was last known to own his father. On the way Prometheus gets a job herding cattle across the country to Texas. The story follows Prometheus and Omer in their Journey to Texas in which they face Indians, and rivers both of which are a threat to the cattle. This book I think would be a good book for a sixth grade level. It has a little bit of action, but I feel that it could have done a little more. The author did do a good job of making this an accurate historical fiction novel. You could use this as a cross curricular book in English or History Class.

  • Christine
    2018-11-05 22:56

    A new twist on post Civil War history. This book covered alot of cultural bases; we had African Americans, Mexicans, and Native American's thrown into this adverturous historical novel. The characters were likeable and well developed, although a little stereo-typical. There were the tragic orphans, the kind-hearted cowboy that drinks too much, the onery cowboy with a chip on his shoulder, the understanding cook, the tough but fair boss-man, and the evil, biggoted, villians. But altogether the book worked and I really enjoyed the story. Lots of tragedy and adventure that I think students grades 4-8 will like.

  • Terry
    2018-10-25 17:41

    I thought the premise of this book was interesting: a couple of boys of African descent leave Tennessee (because they're accuse of thieving) and head out west, becoming cowboys along the way. Of course, the not-so-nice white guys who accused the boys of thieving show up later on and stir up more trouble, but by that time the boys have gotten themselves into a couple of troublesome situations on their own. The author shows the hardship that cowboys must have dealt with on the trail, especially black cowboys, who had to deal with prejudices on top of everything else. The writing is easy-to-read and would appeal to anyone else interested in the Old West.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-06 17:55

    13-year-old Prometheus Jones and his 11-year-old cousin,Omer, high tail it on out of Tennessee just after the civil war. Prometheus, a young, free African American, is accused of stealing a horse from 2 white men, but he won it fair and square. He and his cousin join a cattle drive en route to Texas to find his father. This story is full of cowboy adventure complete with Indian encounters, rattle snakes, and other wild west shinanigans. The author, Helen Hemphill, writes with great detail so that we have a chance to get to know all of the quirky characters in this humorous and sweet novel. Very clever novel!

  • Ann
    2018-11-10 19:41

    What a rollicking romp through history that should attract young male readers as well as female. Prometheus Jones is a boy born the day of the Emancipation Proclamation who sets off for the western frontier in hopes of finding his father. Cattle drives, Pawnee and Lakota raids, numerous racist characters who discount Prometheus' skills and amazing good luck--this protagonist courageously takes on everything that comes his way, including some sorrow. And happily, this isn't the last we'll see of Prometheus "Deadwood" Jones.

  • Theophilus (Theo)
    2018-10-27 00:54

    Great book to introduce children to a new phase of African American history. The trans-Mississippi histories of African Americans too often gets lost in the hub bub of the the modern civil rights era. We were everywhere. This is fictional, but illustrative of actual stories of African Americans who saw their destiny away from the large urban areas of the East and headed into the vastness of the West to meet their fates. "The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better in the Cattle Country as 'Deadwood Dick'" is a more grown-up version of this story, the autobiography of the real Deadwood Dick.

  • Terrie
    2018-10-18 17:47

    Loosely based on the real life of Nat Love, nicknamed Deadwood Dick, an African American cowboy who came west on a cattle drive. The beginning and ending of this book were great, told with humor and in a way that really grabs your attention. The middle dragged a little for me. I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did and was pleasantly surprised. I think it is a little difficult for elementary and am anxious to see how well it is received by the students.

  • Jennifer Heise
    2018-11-04 18:52

    Interesting, though I was thinking of it as more early Patricia Beatty or Sid Fleischman, and it's not-- more recent Patricia Beatty. However, the premise was good, the characterization excellent, and the fact that it takes some facts from the autobiography of Nate Love (aka Deadwood Dick). A good book, just not what I was looking for.

  • Jeannie
    2018-10-23 01:56

    This was a pleasant cowboy read with the twist of an Africian American main character. It was a little strange to figure out who the intended audience was, I guess I'd thought it was more of a children's book, but there was plenty of death and disaster to be more of a young adult title. It flowed easily, however, and the characters were enjoyable, a bit stereotyped at times, but enjoyable.

  • Michael
    2018-10-18 20:39

    The Wild West held the promise of freedom and opportunity, and probably for none more so than the newly freed African Americans after the Civil War. But the reality was harsh, life was hard, and for Prometheus Jones slavery was not left completely behind. This is a rousing Western tale full of action, adventure and courage.

  • Gail
    2018-10-18 01:36

    I liked this well written story of the west. The characters were good and the story believable. boys who like the idea of cowboys and indians should like this. Very coming of age stuff that deals with death, injustice and friendship.

  • Theo
    2018-11-08 19:49

    I liked this book a lot. It had a good sense of how hard his life/the cattle drive really was, not some romantic complication if things. I liked the way the author made the suspense rise and fall accordingly. It was plenty sad, but I liked it just the same. I think that YOU should read this book!!

  • CatherineMustread
    2018-11-16 21:50

    Great kids historical fiction set in 1876 on a cattle drive from Texas to the Indian Country of the Dakota territory. Prometheus Jones is one fine young black protagonist of a cowboy. Loosely based on a true story.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-17 23:48

    10 and up, fast-paced, cowboys, 1870s westward migration, 11-year-old and 14 year-old boy cousins, horses, guns, Native Americans, fathers, mothers, coming of age, jealousy, racism, clever thinking, stampedes, contests, bosses and workers, death and grief, trust and friendship

  • Karlan
    2018-10-19 21:45

    Deadwood Jones is a 14 yr old black boy loosely based on Nat Love and research the author did about black cowboys driving cattle north. She has created an exciting, rather preposterous western which should appeal to many young readers.

  • Wendy
    2018-10-21 01:50

    3.5 stars

  • Ann
    2018-10-26 00:40

    Great example of a plot of action.

  • Suzan
    2018-10-28 23:56

    I loved this western tale. It felt like a gentler version of "Lonesome Dove" for young adult readers. Well written and researched.

  • Doria Waldner
    2018-11-09 23:45

    this book is so made me cry

  • Sheila
    2018-11-06 20:50

    Young Prometheus Jones runs away with his cousin after winning a horse in a raffle. They hire on to a cattle drive headed for South Dakota.

  • Kari
    2018-10-30 17:45

    Authentic, from the dialogue, to the weaving in of historic details, to the characters. Wonderful story.

  • Austin.white
    2018-11-07 20:38

    I thought it was a really good book I would recommend this to lucas fredrick. It has a lot of shooting and a couple of snood words in this book.

  • Carterkempgmail.Com
    2018-10-29 23:39

    Well written, exciting cowboy saga.