Author: Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D with Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.
Publisher: Five Star Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58985-197-9

I couldn’t move at first, but after a second or two and a little shove from Mr. Olney, I walked over and stood in front of him. I was shaking even though I knew he couldn’t hurt me. This was Geronimo!” Susan L. Krueger with Reba Wells Grandrud writes in her children’s story, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo.

At seventy-six pages, this paperback book is targeted toward middle-school aged children who enjoy Western American history. With no profanity, sexual scenes, or extreme violence, it is an account of one girl’s life growing up mainly in Arizona in the late eighteen hundreds. With several black and white photographs in each of the twelve chapters, there is a section about key characters and places along with an educational curriculum guide, biographies of the author, historian, and guide writer including publisher and order information.

In this historically-based tome that is written in first person, Addie Slaughter was the daughter of John Horton Slaughter, a Texas Ranger and Cochise County Sheriff. When her mother died due to small pox, her father remarried eighteen-year old Viola Howell and the family moved to Arizona.

Written mostly about living in Texas, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, and California with her relatives before she became an adult, she rode horses to find rattlesnake nests, wore a buffalo robe to stay warm during travel, lived through a strong earthquake, met the infamous Apache Geronimo, was sent to out-of-state boarding schools, and eventually married a doctor. The tales include both joys and hardships of living in the Wild West on their sixty-five thousand acre San Bernardino ranch on the Arizona-Mexican border where well-known travelers often stopped by and the family adopted an abandoned baby and other children.

Although there is heartache and heartbreak during her upbringing, young Addie had an interesting childhood full of adventure as she helped her parents take care of their large ranch. With the extensive research done on the Slaughter, the story is authentic and captivating.

This short narrative would make an excellent choice for a middle-school child to read and write for a book report while learning about the West, its people, and its land. Kudos to Krueger for writing a fact-based story that is engaging, exciting, and educational.

This book was furnished by Five Star Publications in lieu of an unbiased review.

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