News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

Readers of this book need to be prepared to transport their minds back to a different historical setting. Texas was a young state with lovely landscapes, that the author paints with delightful word selections. This assists the reader to imagine what life must have been like. Her word selections also depict the unsettled nature of such a rugged territory. The main character, Captain Kidd has the vocation of being a “news spreader”. He reads a variety of newspapers and then travels from town to town spending time reporting the news to those who care to listen and pay him for this talent. Life takes a twist when he meets up with a man who pays him to deliver an orphaned 10 year to her only living relatives. The girl’s parents were killed by Kiowa Indians and she had lived among them for awhile. The book tells of the Captain and Johanna’s journey throughout Texas. The inside book jacket provides a map which was very helpful. There are some similarities that can be drawn to a True Grit kind of story. Oddly enough, I also made some similar story undertones of a recent book that I read…A Gentleman in Moscow. All three of these stories tell a tale of the bond that develops between a young girl and an elderly man. So if you are interested in that sort of relationship this book might be for you. Unfortunately, the author only tells of this little slice of the Captain and Johanna’s lives……….you may be left with a desire to know more of their lives after the last page.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC JILES)

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