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Down the Long Hills by Louis L'Amour
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Down the Long Hills (edition 1981)

by Louis L'Amour (Author)

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After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out.… (more)
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Title:Down the Long Hills
Authors:Louis L'Amour (Author)
Info:Bantam Books (1981), Edition: UNABRIDGED VERSION, 150 pages
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No such thing a bad Louis L'Amour story ( )
  brone | Dec 26, 2019 |
An excellent L'Amour book for elementary age readers. Down the Long Hills is about a young boy who must find his way through wilderness to find his father, while avoiding an Indian intent on stealing his magnificent horse, protecting a motherless girl, and surviving. L'Amour basically takes his idea of the ideal man, looks at how that man would look as a child.
  mebrock | Mar 25, 2014 |
Product Description After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them—and their luck was about to run out. From the Publisher After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Seven year old Hardy and little Betty Sue escape a massacre of the wagon train, and with only the company of his father's horse, must survive the wilds of Wyoming with winter in the wind, wolves at their heels, and a lone warrior intent on stealing their horse.

One of the best of L'Amour's novels, this story remains a favorite of mine. ( )
  fuzzi | Jul 7, 2012 |
When Hardy awoke just before dawn he realized his horse had strayed in the night. He and his young friend, Betty Sue, went to find and bring him in. While they stopped to pick berries, the Comanche struck the wagon train, killing everyone. Thus opens Down the Long Hills by Louis L’Amour. These two children, aged seven and three, are stranded alone on the prairies of Wyoming and winter isn’t far off.

This was a quick and fun read about a very clever boy who battles the elements, out manoeuvres a tracking Indian, escapes from wild animals and outwits a couple of outlaws, all the while protecting his three year old companion. Unbelievable, well, yes, but downright entertaining so I suspended my belief and settled in to read with great enjoyment. Especially as I knew I could count on L’Amour to provide a satisfying ending.

Louis L’Amour tells his story in his signature straight forward, simple style that relies heavily on action and less so on character development. In his capable hands, Down the Long Hills becomes a worthy western tale of survival. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 18, 2012 |
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After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out.

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    WHEN BOY BECOMES MAN

The wind rustled and something stirred in the brush. The stallion's head was up, nostrils flared. Suddenly, angrily, he pawed the earth.
IN the brush, the grizzly called Three-Paws peered through the leaves. Deep in his chest, he gave a growl. He crept forward .... one step ... another.

Hardy's heart was pounding and his mouth was dry with fear. He backed toward the tree. "Betty Sue," he whispered hoarsely, "climb up. Climb to that high branch above your head."

Hardy stood with his back to the tree and notched an arrow. Old Three Paws thrust his huge head from the brush and stared at the horse. the stallion blew shrilly, then reared on his hind legs, his front legs pawing.

And then Old Three Paws charged ....
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