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The longest ride
Patrick, Denise Lewis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Company, [1999]

Physical Description:
164 pages : map ; 22 cm
At the end of the Civil War Midnight, a fourteen-year-old black cowboy and runaway slave who nurtures the dream of being reunited with his family, finds his destiny linked with that of two Arapaho Indians.
General Note:
Sequel to: The adventures of Midnight Son.
Reading Level:
550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 5.0 43477.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 2.9 10 Quiz: 20496 Guided reading level: NR.
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At fifteen, Midnight Son has already lived quite a courageous life. He has escaped bounty hunters intent on returning him to slavery and has survived a fierce tornado. It seems no challenge is insurmountable for this young cowboy. But when Midnight Son comes upon a vulnerable Indian village during the journey to find his separated family, he knows he must delay his search in order to help his new friends get safely through the final days of the Civil War.

In this companion to The Adventures of Midnight Son , Denise Lewis Patrick tells a powerful coming-of-age story about a young man who discovers the true meaning of responsibility, bravery, and honor in the face of adversity.

Author Notes

Denise Lewis Patrick was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She received a degree in journalism from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1977. She has been both a writer and editor in various areas of the publishing industry, particularly for children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. In the sequel to The Adventures of Midnight Son (1997), escaped Texas slave Midnight Son has joined a long cattle drive. Haunted by dreams and thoughts of his beloved family, he yearns to return to Texas and help them start a new life. But a blinding snowstorm shuts the trail and separates Midnight from his white cowhand partner, Lou Boy. Rescued by some Arapahos, who first suspect him of working for the U.S. Cavalry, Midnight begins a long journey of trust building and then a literal journey back to Texas and then to Louisiana with tribe members Winter Mary and her brother, Eagle Eye, who are on a quest to find their dead mother's family. The traveling party--which has been reunited with Lou Boy--forms an overly politically correct team of wronged individuals seeking solace, peace, and roots. The characters are appealing nonetheless, and if Midnight is aided by amazing coincidence in easily finding his mother, two sisters, and a third sister who had been sold long ago, the reader will cheer him on. A useful historical novel focusing on slavery, as well as government versus Native American issues. --Anne O'Malley

Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-This sequel to The Adventures of Midnight Son (Holt, 1995) opens with the teenaged runaway slave from Texas working as a cowboy in Colorado, but longing to return home and rescue his family. Lost in a springtime blizzard, he is helped by a band of Arapaho Indians. In their small camp, he meets another former slave, Raven Woman, who is married to Big Running Fox, the leader of the group. Midnight Son befriends their daughter, Winter Mary, but is distrusted by Eagle Eye, their son. When their camp is destroyed by soldiers, Raven Woman and Big Running Fox are killed, and Eagle Eye is badly wounded. The siblings decide to travel with Midnight Son to find his family and then search for their mother's relatives. Meanwhile, the Civil War has ended and they find disarray in its wake. Tension builds as they follow the trail and the protagonist is eventually reunited with his mother and sisters. Issues present themselves in a fairly simplistic fashion. Midnight Son, for example, after accepting the prevailing view of Indians and of the U.S. Army, suddenly understands that government policy is designed to eliminate the Indians. The characters, while likable, sometimes seem like tools to teach about slavery and Indian relations. Midnight Son removes a bullet from Eagle Eye's chest, a procedure that is successful but highly unrealistic. Still, there is excitement, adventure, and suspense. The plot is easy to follow and solid historical information is included. The closing chapter hints strongly at another sequel.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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