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Billy the Kid: A Novel by Theodore Taylor
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Billy the Kid: A Novel

by Theodore Taylor

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This novel started out very slowly and did not build any structure or momentum until the last half of the book. Struggling readers would struggle with much of the vocabulary and the passive endings found in many of the sentences. It is however a good story that shows a probable ending to Billy the Kid’s life. This would be a good novel to use while studying the era of western expansion into Arizona and California. Students would want to build on their background knowledge to see what kind of factual information is used in the novel. I have never read the Cay to compare writing style and sentence development. Underneath all the problems I had in reading this novel there is a good story line in there and a rather sad one because Billy the kid was tragically killed as he tragically lived. ( )
  wyostitcher | Jul 12, 2008 |
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William H. "Billy the Kid" Bonney Jr. loves to take risks. But Billy's luck runs out when, during a train heist, a passenger recognizes the nineteen-year-old outlaw. Fed up with his bad ways, Sheriff Willis Monroe, Billy's own cousin, decides to track him down. The Kid's two-timing partners are hunting him, too--and a posse wants Billy (and the sheriff) dead.
    
This gripping fictional tale imagines William Bonney's fate had his life of crime taken a very different turn. Fans of adventure will be riveted by Theodore Taylor's fresh take on a legendary character. 
    
Includes an author's note about the real Billy the Kid.

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Young William Bonney is talked into committing his first train robbery, unaware that his cousin and best friend, Willie Monroe, is now sheriff of the nearest town, and that his fellow robbers are already wanted in four states.

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