Author: G. A. Henty
Category: Historical Fiction
Ages: 10 and up
Type: Fiction | Youth | Historical Fiction
Young people across America are rediscovering G. A. Henty, the 19th century literary genius whose historical adventures inspire boys to honesty, courage, diligence, and duty. Writing from a Christian perpective, Henty weaves the adventures of a fictional boy hero together with real-life events. His stories are as accurate as they are exciting, so children get important lessons in history which they remember long afterward. Just as important, these lessons come without the immoral overtones of modern novels.
In the Heart of the Rockies is a tale of the Old West that is sure to thrill the young explorers in your home. It’s 1860 and 16-year-old Tom Wade has just lost both parents. Facing an uncertain future in England with his sisters, Tom sets sail for America to join his Uncle Harry in the untamed Rocky Mountain wilderness. In Denver, Tom meets friends of Harry and one offers to lead him to his uncle in the backcountry. On the way, Tom learns to ride and shoot, and just in time. When they meet Harry, he and his party are under attack by the Arapaho Indians . . .
"The sound of firing became louder and louder, and Tom felt his heart beat quickly at the thought that he might soon be engaged in a desperate fight with the Indians, and with the odds greatly against his party."
Here begins Tom's two years of adventures which include more Indian fights…big-game hunts…explorations and mining . . . a snowy winter high in the Rockies…and running the rapids on the unexplored Colorado River. His courage and perseverance pay off. Not only does he build friendships that last a lifetime, he achieves his goal of returning home to give his orphaned sisters a life they never dreamed possible.
Bonus! This book includes a Build-Your-Vocabulary Glossary of some 330 words and definitions.