VIRGIL ALEXANDER. The Baleful Owl. Oak Tree Books. 291 pages; trade paperback, ebook, $16.95, $2.99, oaktreebooks.com.
Murder at an archaeological dig in the Pinal Mountains draws San Carlos Tribal Policeman Al Victor and Graham County deputies Bren Allred and Manny Sanchez to
LARRY BJORNSON. Wide Open. Berkley. Trade Paperback, $15, www.us.penguingroup.com.
This book is about change: changing times, changing relationships and, most of all, the change that comes with growing up. Set in Abilene, Kansas, the novel begins in the cowtown’s “wide open” era when
JAMIE ANNE BLAKE (author and illustrator). The Adventures of Buffalo Joe and the Blackbird with the Broken Wing. Homestead. Paperback, $7.95, www.HomesteadPublishing.net.
This vividly illustrated tale of two unlikely “best friends,” a misfit blackbird and a rough ‘n’ tough buffalo, shows us
JOHNNY D. BOGGS. Poison Spring. Five Star Publishing. Hardcover, 232 pages, $25.95, gale.cengage.com/fivestar.
The rich detail of the struggles young Travis Ford and his family are forced to endure during the Civil War make Poison Spring a tale that will move and enlighten
JOHNNY D. BOGGS. Summer of the Star. Five Star Publishing. Hardcover, 234 pages, $25.95, gale.cengage.com/fivestar
With Summer of the Star, Johnny D. Boggs might have his most complex coming-of-age novel yet. Told as a memoir, he opens both emotional and physical
JOHNNY D. BOGGS. The Big Fifty. Amazon Encore.
After reading about the heroic exploits of Buffalo Bill Cody, young Coady McIlvain will learn the harsh reality of frontier life in 1870s Kansas when he is captured by Comanche Indians. When he finally escapes, he finds himself
MELODY CUATE. Journey to Plum Creek. Texas Tech University Press. Hardcover, $17.95, www.ttupress.org.
History teacher Mr. Barrington’s magic trunk sweeps Hannah, Nick and Jackie into an 1840 Comanche raid on Victoria, Texas. The two girls are taken captive while young Nick becomes a
SANDRA DALLAS. The Quilt Walk. Sleeping Bear Press. Hardcover, $15, www.sleepingbearpress.com.
Spur winner Sandra Dallas’s first children’s book tells the story of 10-year-old Emmy Blue, whose family travels west in 1862 from Illinois to Golden, Colorado, during a gold rush. A rich and realistic look at
SANDRA DALLAS. Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky. Sleeping Bear. Hardcover, 237 pages, $15.95, sleepingbearpress.com.
YA novel vividly portrays life in a Japanese “relocation” camp on the dusty Colorado prairie during World War II, as a 12-year-old Japanese-American girl struggles to overcome bitterness and regain
RACHELLE “ROCKY” GIBBONS. Big Buckaroo & Moose the Cow Dog. tate Publishing. Hardcover, $14.99, www.tatepublishing.com.
A classic “come to the rescue” Western adventure, inspired by a real cowboy, his horse and a little Pomeranian dog. A fun read for children of all