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One sky above us
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.
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New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2002]

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177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Having settled on the Kansas frontier, young Bill Cody and his family try to make a home for themselves, coexist with their Kickapoo neighbors, and stand up as abolitionists in spite of their neighbors' pro-slavery beliefs.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 6.0 65238.
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Bill Cody may be the toughest kid in Kansas, but all of a sudden he has to get tougher.The journey out west was supposed to be the hard part, but now that the Codys have settled, life is more difficult than ever. Sure, they get to celebrate the Fourth of July with Kickapoo Indians. And Bill does get to visit Fort Leavenworth and ride Prince, the fastest horse in the west.But plowing the fields is more work than Bill ever thought a body could do. And even worse, the border ruffians are determined to get the Codys out of Kansas. With his family in serious danger, Bill has no choice but to grow up fast and act like the man he always dreamed he could be.The second book in an ongoing adventure series about young Buffalo Bill, One Sky Above Us sweeps readers back into the exciting and troubled world of America's frontier past.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. This is the second installment in a series of novels based on the childhood adventures of Buffalo Bill and written by a woman who believes that she may be a distant relative of the legendary Old West figure. The first book ended with Bill and his family settling in the Kansas Territory. Unfortunately, as they discover in this novel, Kansas in the 1850s is no place for a family trying to build a peaceful, prosperous life. Bill finds himself surrounded by the warfare between proslavers and Free-Soilers in what became known as "Bleeding Kansas." After Bill's father is wounded for his abolitionist views, it is up to Bill to defend the family and outwit his father's enemies. At the same time, he befriends members of the peaceful Kickapoo Indian tribe, who impress him with their dignity and kindness. A fast-moving, well-researched, and engaging historical novel. Todd Morning

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the mid 1800s, E. Cody Kimmel's One Sky Above Us, illus. by Scott Snow, picks up where To the Frontier the inaugural title in The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill series left off. Now, Bill and his abolitionist family must fight for their land as pro-slavery forces seek to drive them off the Kansas territory. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-In this second in the series, nine-year-old Bill and his family have moved from Iowa to Kansas Territory, and he toils alongside his father as they try to farm their claim. The boy meets some friendly local Kickapoos and continues to learn more about how political events might affect his own life. Pa finds that he cannot stay neutral on the slavery issue, and the whole family becomes a target for the many pro-slavery advocates. When his father is stabbed by a border ruffian, Bill bravely rides to fetch the doctor. By this volume's conclusion, Pa heads west for a new job, leaving his son with more responsibility than ever. Kimmel does a nice job of capturing the feel of the time and place. Readers learn interesting details about frontier farming and even barbecuing through Bill's enthusiastic eyes. The boy's courage and intelligence show at an early age, obviously indicating potential for his future accomplishments. At times he seems too good to be true, but readers also see some of his doubts and fears. The events closely follow historical fact, and the dialogue generally fits the actions of the figures, although there is a slightly contrived ring to some of it. The closing scene in which Bill recovers his lost horse convincingly portrays the future hero as a boy who has learned how hard the world can be, but is eager to take on its challenges.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.