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The Young Trailers

Joseph A. Altsheler

Book Overview: 

This is the story of Henry Ware, a young boy living in the wilds of the Kentucky frontier of the 1700's. The story follows Henry as he helps to establish a frontier outpost, is captured by an Indian tribe, and ultimately ensures the safety and security of a band of settlers against the warring Shawnee Indians. The Young Trailers is action packed and brings to life the adventures that awaited the early settlers as they traversed into the endless forests of the American frontier.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .h rabbits, and they would make most toothsome food. Rabbits they must have, and again Henry led the way. He selected a small clear spot near the thick undergrowth where a rabbit would naturally love to make his nest and around a circle about six inches in diameter he drove a number of smooth pegs. Then he tied a strong cord made of strips of their clothing to one end of a stout bush, which he bent over until it curved in a semicircle. The other end of the cord was drawn in a sliding loop around the pegs, and was attached to a little wooden trigger, set in the center of the inclosure.

The slightest pressure upon this trigger would upset it, cause the noose to slip off the pegs and close with a jerk around the neck of anything that might have its head thrust into the inclosure. The bush, too, would fly back into place and there would be the intruder, really hanged by himself. It was the common form of snare, devised for small game by the boys of early Kentucky, and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

These are the kinds of books kids should read to learn history. Planning to use it for homeschool history at my house. This book tells the story through the eyes of a teenage boy who moves to the wilderness of Kentucky with his family. The boy instantly falls in love with the wilderness and longs to

Just reread after decades. Loved these books when I was a kid. Maybe Altsheler is where part of my love of wilderness came from...more

Altsheler was one of my favorite childhood authors. E-books have made it possible to revisit these books. The first volume of the Young Trailers series to my mind holds up well, though obviously dated in its frequent descriptions of Indians as savages, etc. But that is a relatively minor point in an

I read several of Altsheler’s books as a kid; I’ll guess around fourth grade. I can’t remember how many of them so I’ll just take credit for the first one in this Young Trailers series. But I loved them! They were great adventures set in the pioneer days and fueled my love for the outdoors. Glad to

I read this book, first in the series, when I was around 13 years old. Loved it then, without the awareness of all that white people had done to darker-skinned people or to the earth itself. Re-reading it, I see clearly the arrogance of the writer, although I also saw a certain innocence there as we

Another great read by Joseph Altsheler!

An exciting story set during the early settlement days of Kentucky. The story follows the adventures of the young protagonist Henry Ware who is much like a young Daniel Boone.
The book has kind of a strange abrupt ending but otherwise I found it an enjoyable r

This was an OK read - I might check out the rest in the series, I might not... The over the top perfectness of the lead character (which I've come to expect in most of these older novels, and doesn't usually bother me too much) got on my nerves after a while. It just got worse and worse as the book