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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...more

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

I read this book after searching for it for my dad. He remembered reading it a long time ago. The internet is amazing for digging up stuff. I'm definitely going to recommend this for my son when he's a little bit older. It's a really good story. I enjoyed it. I haven't been able to read the entir...more

Read these when I was 15. They are better now that I am 70.

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...more

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 enjoyabl...more

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 bo...more

The prose is in a style that most modern readers would find off-putting, but it was written 100 years ago. The main character is always stalwart, brave, and true, which was the style for books written for boys back then.

That said, I will always love this series since Miss Marilyn Strike read it...more