Must Be Good Riders: Orphans Preferred (Apply Pony Express)

By: Standford, Don; Baker, Vern

Price: $28.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


First edition exlib hardcover in taupe cloth covered boards with burgundy author/publisher and bright gold title on backstrip. Neither the book nor the DJ have call tags on them. Spine ends bumped, tips still sharp but rubbed through cloth on both lower tips and one .75" long area at foot of rear board. Tape marks on brown endpapers from formerly fixed dj. 220 pp text tight and bright with only 3 unobtrusive library stamps found. Card pocket and all pages present. Un-clipped original color illustrated dust jacket shows a western rider on a bay horse turned around shooting at an indian with his right hand (notice an arrow fired at and pierced through his mail bag). Frt panel of dj is illustrated to look like a paper 'want ad' tacked up on a wooden wall. Book displays well on the shelf in a complete jacket with only light color loss to tips and spine ends, no chips or tears, only a length of yellowed cello tape on edge of each dj flap. Don Stanford (author of The Horsemasters), here collaborates with Vern Baker to present a tale of the west all youngsters will enjoy. Sixteen-year-old David McKae arrives in the little Western town of Hall's Station with a macabre load of fellow passengers aboard the Concord Coach - five dead men. When David tells his grisly tale of ambush, robbery, and murder, a posse rides out to find the killer. David remains behind in Hall's Station, friendless, penniless, and just about the loneliest and most bewildered young fellow in the territory. Born and bred in Gloucester, MA, David came West after the death of his father to find his uncle, and seek his own fortune. But as the battered stage rumbled its way across the Nevada desert, fate in the form of trigger-happy Johnny Hadley, a killer and a renegade, stepped in, and before the two coachmen and four passengers reached their scheduled destinations, five of the six were dispatched to a different and more final rendezvous with death. Only David McKae, the Easterner in his city clothes, survived. Recovering consciousness after being left for dead by the murderous Hadley, David managed to bring the coach into Hall's Station. The luck that saved David from the gunman's attack remains with him in the small Western town. Soon he is befriended by Doherty, a huge, kindly Irishman, and Dianne, Doherty's half-Indian daughter. Doherty teaches David the ways of the West and the ways of the Indians. One of the first lessons is on self-defense. He must get a gun, Doherty tells him, and he must learn to shoot it well. David also makes a friend of fourteen-year-old Billy Tate, a Pony Express rider, and is seized with the ambition to ride for the Pony. David has much to learn before he can join the ranks of the wily and courageous Pony riders. And before any of this can come to pass, David, though he does not know it, will be put to the test of his life - by the return of Johnny Hadley.

Title: Must Be Good Riders: Orphans Preferred (Apply Pony Express)

Author Name: Standford, Don; Baker, Vern

Illustrator: Campbell, Stan

Categories: CHILDRENS FICTION,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: NY, Funk & Wagnalls Company, Inc.: 1962

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: R46544

Keywords: Western Fiction, Pony Express Want Ad, Advertisement, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Concord Coach, Ambush, Robbery, Murder, Thriller.,