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Stormi's Review: Calamity Jane: How the West Began by Bryan Ney


Publisher: Dragon Tree Books

Released: August 8, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Length: 164 Pages

Format: ebook, paperback

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Fifteen-year-old Martha Canary's family arrives in the gold fields of 1860's Montana in impoverished circumstances and despised for uncertain reasons. Soon, Martha makes a name for herself as Calamity Jane through her exploits, wins friends, and becomes the toast of the town. Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails, and Jane thinks she knows who is responsible. Can she and her new friends rally forces to clean the place up?

Five Boundless Stars

If you know anything about American history then the name Calamity Jane has surfaced. I think I even learned about her in school. Her memoirs give a lot of light on her many adventures, but this book gives a little look at what her life could have been like in the beginning. Not much is known of that time that Calamity and her family are in the Goldfields of Montana and this book gives you a little guess of what her life may have been like. Calamity Jane is alone in a small town with her small sister and her neglectful parents. Shes bitter and decides to live up to her nickname Calamity. Soon enough shes well known around town. Bandits have been killing and hurting members of the community. Calamity is pretty sure she knows who is behind these acts. When a good friend is killed she uses her knowledge to help find the culprits and bring them to justice. As a history lover I fell in love with this book. The story is filled with a plethora of adventure and vividly depicts the realism of life back during the Civil War era. Calamity Jane's character is one that I loved. Shes a girl, but shes not afraid to be one of the boys. Shes rough and tough, but has a heart of gold. Honestly, when reading this book I had to do a little research. I've heard the name and some stories, but I didn't know much. This book was a work of fiction, but I can see it as truth. This book was written well. It had history, drama, and tons of action. It definitely kept me reading.

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