CHARLESBRIDGE MOVES offers exciting middle-grade and chapter-book adventures, science-fiction,
fantasy, historical and realistic fiction,mystery, and humor—sparking a curiosity to read more. Whether
through traditional prose, verse, or graphic-novel elements our stories grow and sustain an appetite for reading.
Jeff Schill, author
Jeff Schill is a debut author who wishes he could drink a glass of frothy sarsaparilla while working on more novels. He’s the vice president of training at the Crisis Prevention Institute. He lives in Wisconsin.
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Four young orphans go to great lengths to keep their family’s farm and stay under the radar in Destiny, Colorado, in 1881.
Fourteen-year-old Henry Upton’s father has died and is buried next to Mama. Now Henry and his three younger brothers are all alone. Determined to keep them all safe and together, he makes a deal with the local sheriff, who agrees to keep quiet until a caretaker can move in and serve as guardian, so the family won’t be split up. Knowing there may be some bad actors who would take advantage of four kids living alone on a prime piece of land, Henry decides to deter them by writing stories about The Kid, a juvenile lawman who can beat even the wickedest of criminals. The stories, which are set in Destiny, are published in Gunslinger Magazine, and The Kid’s reputation takes on legendary status. But the plan to keep villains at bay backfires when Snake-Eye Sam wants to claim his share of the fame by killing The Kid—and he escapes from the Arkansas State Penitentiary to do just that. Despite the brothers’ desperate situation and the high stakes, the humorous, folksy language supports the worldbuilding, which leans into archetypes of the American West. Henry’s The Kid stories are interspersed between chapters that jump around in time and location and can at times be hard to track. Most characters read white.
A swashbuckling adventure.
Ages: 10 and up
Page count: 240
6 x 9
Publication date: May 7, 2024