The Journal Of Joshua Loper : A Black Cowboy (My Name is America series)

by Walter Dean Myers

Paper Book, 1999

Status

Check shelf

Call number

J DA 1871 Ch. Tr.

Publication

New York : Scholastic, 1999.

Description

In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.

Local notes

1403-174

User reviews

LibraryThing member lmaddux
story about about a black cowboy Joshua Loper, black people at this time were not often cowboys so i could bring this book in to show the different things black people were . use when talking about history
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejudiced of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being
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Black cowboy and on the trail of "The Chisholm Trail in 1871."

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.
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LibraryThing member karlilov
Summary: This is an amazing story that tells the story of the era of cowboys, and the beginning of African-Americans getting into the profession. Joshua Loper, a 16 year old boy, is the son of freed slaves. His dream is to become a cowboy and to help out his poor mother as much as he possibly can.
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Throughout the course of the book, Joshua learns to toughen up while living "life on the trail". His new skills range from learning to stop a stampede of cattle, to being able to come to terms with having to at some point shoot a man. In the end, Joshua is able to take the skills he has acquired and not only apply them to life as a cowboy, but also in his own life as a young man.

Personal Reaction: To be quite honest, this is a book that I personally would not want to read younger grades. This book should be read to sixth graders, at the very least fifth graders. It is not bad, and there is no foul lanuguage. However, there are conversations about killing, a death, and a bit more mature language than younger children might be used to. Definitley something I would use as maybe a reading assignment for middle school aged children.

Classroom Extension: One assignment I would use with this book is having students write there own journal as if they were a cowboy (cowgirl?) out on the trail in the late 1800s, complete with a word box with terms used in the book for them to include in their writing. Also, I would try to do something fun, and have a day where students come dressed in cowboy type clothing and bring a "chuck" like food to a Western style Potluck.
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Not my favorite book in the series, but worth the read. I did enjoy parts of it quite a lot. Good book, just not completely for me. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejustice of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being
Show More
Black cowboy and on the trail of "The Chisholm Trail in 1871."

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.
Show Less
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejustice of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being
Show More
Black cowboy and on the trail of "The Chisholm Trail in 1871."

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.
Show Less
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejustice of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being
Show More
Black cowboy and on the trail of "The Chisholm Trail in 1871."

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.
Show Less
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejustice of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being
Show More
Black cowboy and on the trail of "The Chisholm Trail in 1871."

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.
Show Less
LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I don't remember much of these books as individual books, but I remember reading them all as a young, avid reader. I think that ultimately these books are the reason why I love historical fiction novels so much. They all did such a great job of taking me to a different time and place and making it
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come alive, seeing the world through an older, historical lens. I highly recommend any of the Dear America books to younger readers who love history and need to get hooked on reading!
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Physical description

158 p.; 20 cm

ISBN

0590026917 / 9780590026918

Barcode

34747000058814

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