“This was how the Captain knew that the things of the imagination were often as real as those you laid your hand upon.”
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
News of the World by Paulette Giles
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd undertakes a 400-mile journey to deliver Johanna, a child kidnapped by Kiowa raiders, back to her relatives near San Antonio. Reconstruction Texas is a dangerous place after the Civil War. Settlers are constantly at war with the Kiowa and Comanche as they take over the native territory. Settlers are also at war with themselves over politics. Captain Kidd must take Johanna through this dangerous territory on an epic journey. Johanna only speaks the Kiowa language and does not understand why she has been separated from her Kiowa family. Captain Kidd must build a relationship with her and help her to learn English. He also must earn money along the way. He lost his printing press and money with Confederate bonds at the end of the war and now earns his living reading the newspapers from the East to audiences in each town that he stops by. He doesn’t read local news as it can become too heated. Will Captain Kidd and Johanna make it safely back to San Antonio?