P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados

P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados

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"Clever, and very funny."--The New York Times The year is 1862, and twelve-year-old P.K. "Pinky" Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados. P.K. is determined to hold on to Ma's last priceless possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. Problem is, that's exactly what Whittlin' Walt is after, and he'll do just about anything to get his hands on it. P.K. will have to be both clever and cunning to evade the band of outlaws. But time is running out, and no one can run forever. After all, this is the Wild West, and there's hardly a safe place to hide.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Puffin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps
  • 0142423815
  • 9780142423813
  • 607,127

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." . . it's clear P.K. has what today we would call Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism. Brilliant, touch-averse and reclusive, he 'cannot express emotions easily. Nor read them neither.' But he is endowed with 'keen observation skills' and an excellent memory. The autism conceit also reveals Lawrence's influences, most notably, Mark Haddon's "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ". . . P.K.'s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind's distinctive strengths. Any child who's felt like a 'Misfit' or 'Freak of Nature' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him."--The New York Times Book Review
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About Caroline Lawrence

Caroline Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, California, and claims that some of her ancestors were pioneers, teamsters and newspapermen. Caroline moved to England to study classics at Cambridge. After a decade of immersing herself in Roman history to write the Roman Mysteries series, Caroline is now mining the rich vein of American history during the tumultuous 1860s. She currently lives in London by the river with her history-loving husband, Richard, who did the illustrations for this book.
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757 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 29% (222)
4 37% (280)
3 23% (173)
2 6% (47)
1 5% (35)
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