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Here is the humorous saga of three young people journeying on their own through the wilds of the Southwest in the 1890’s. They are Beeler Quiney, an invincible girl of thirteen, her ornery brother Leo, and Nate Graber, who is searching for his missing father. At the start Nate gladly accepted Leo’s offer to join him on his quest. He didn’t realize that the handsome horse Here is the humorous saga of three young people journeying on their own through the wilds of the Southwest in the 1890’s. They are Beeler Quiney, an invincible girl of thirteen, her ornery brother Leo, and Nate Graber, who is searching for his missing father. At the start Nate gladly accepted Leo’s offer to join him on his quest. He didn’t realize that the handsome horse Leo brought was Beeler’s or that she would follow in hot pursuit, accompanied by her pet steer, Travis. Willy-nilly, Nate found himself traveling with the two Quiney’s, although one—especially Beeler—turned out to be more than enough! As they wandered through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona Territories, looking for the elusive Mr. Graber and a town named Sundown, they encountered bandits, Indians and wild animals. Whatever the challenge, Beeler left her mark. An unforgettable character, Beeler radiates vitality, bounces with vigor. Patricia Beatty has told her story as a companion piece to A Long Way to Whiskey Creek and given her fans a heroine to delight the staunchest feminine heart. “Parker Quiney and Nate Graber retrace the steps that took them A Long Way to Whiskey Creek — this time in a futile search for Nate's wisdom-bringer father and accompanied, or rather pulled along by, Parker's gumptiony sister Beulah Land Quiney and her pet longhorn Travis. Beatty still turns a pretty fair tale, though this time it isn't necessary to wait for the wrap-up background notes to recognize the traveling circus bicyclist, Billy the Kid McCarty, and titanic Major Ella Gordon as just the sort of old-time Southwest folks Beatty delights in resurrecting. Nevertheless, the company of horsesensical, determined Beeler Quiney makes covering the same territory a second time an unexpected pleasure.” Kirkus Review


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Here is the humorous saga of three young people journeying on their own through the wilds of the Southwest in the 1890’s. They are Beeler Quiney, an invincible girl of thirteen, her ornery brother Leo, and Nate Graber, who is searching for his missing father. At the start Nate gladly accepted Leo’s offer to join him on his quest. He didn’t realize that the handsome horse Here is the humorous saga of three young people journeying on their own through the wilds of the Southwest in the 1890’s. They are Beeler Quiney, an invincible girl of thirteen, her ornery brother Leo, and Nate Graber, who is searching for his missing father. At the start Nate gladly accepted Leo’s offer to join him on his quest. He didn’t realize that the handsome horse Leo brought was Beeler’s or that she would follow in hot pursuit, accompanied by her pet steer, Travis. Willy-nilly, Nate found himself traveling with the two Quiney’s, although one—especially Beeler—turned out to be more than enough! As they wandered through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona Territories, looking for the elusive Mr. Graber and a town named Sundown, they encountered bandits, Indians and wild animals. Whatever the challenge, Beeler left her mark. An unforgettable character, Beeler radiates vitality, bounces with vigor. Patricia Beatty has told her story as a companion piece to A Long Way to Whiskey Creek and given her fans a heroine to delight the staunchest feminine heart. “Parker Quiney and Nate Graber retrace the steps that took them A Long Way to Whiskey Creek — this time in a futile search for Nate's wisdom-bringer father and accompanied, or rather pulled along by, Parker's gumptiony sister Beulah Land Quiney and her pet longhorn Travis. Beatty still turns a pretty fair tale, though this time it isn't necessary to wait for the wrap-up background notes to recognize the traveling circus bicyclist, Billy the Kid McCarty, and titanic Major Ella Gordon as just the sort of old-time Southwest folks Beatty delights in resurrecting. Nevertheless, the company of horsesensical, determined Beeler Quiney makes covering the same territory a second time an unexpected pleasure.” Kirkus Review

22 review for HOW MANY MILES TO SUNDOWN?: Historical Fiction for Teens

  1. 4 out of 5

    elise buhn

    Interesting, amusing description of a pair of young kids in the Wild West of 1880's A sister and brother accompany the friend of one of their older brothers on a search that ranges from Texas to the border of California when he tries to follow the trail of his travelling father. The girl, Beulah Land, and her younger brother, Leo, claim they are helping Nate Graber in his search, but they are ever mindful that it's a good excuse to venture on a trip to see more of the wild west than they were lik Interesting, amusing description of a pair of young kids in the Wild West of 1880's A sister and brother accompany the friend of one of their older brothers on a search that ranges from Texas to the border of California when he tries to follow the trail of his travelling father. The girl, Beulah Land, and her younger brother, Leo, claim they are helping Nate Graber in his search, but they are ever mindful that it's a good excuse to venture on a trip to see more of the wild west than they were likely to see from their Texas ranch. The journey is colorful, the scenery ever changing, and the people they encounter are most interesting, including the independent -minded, freedom-seeking souls that settled the future states of Arizona, and New Mexico. The kids are very capable and mature for their ages as ranch children are inclined to be and they hold their own against Billy the Kid, a travelling circus, and alot of grownups who feel the need to offer their unasked-for advise. Beulah is particularly strong-minded, dresses like a boy because it suits her needs better than wearing a dress and is followed everywhere by her hand-raised Texas Longhorn steer, Travis. The story is well-researched and moves quickly along. It personalizes history in such a way as to make it entertaining to learn.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    One of the several novels Beatty wrote about Quiney clan from Texas. The protagonist of How Many Miles to Sundown? is Beulah Land "Beeler" Quiney. A tomboy through-and-through, Beeler sneaks out of the house one night to follow her brother, Leo, who has stolen her horse and set out on a journey with a family friend named Nate Graber, Of course, Beeler brings her pet longhorn cow, Travis, along with her. Travis is one of the funniest aspects of the novel - he comes when called, rubs against Beeler One of the several novels Beatty wrote about Quiney clan from Texas. The protagonist of How Many Miles to Sundown? is Beulah Land "Beeler" Quiney. A tomboy through-and-through, Beeler sneaks out of the house one night to follow her brother, Leo, who has stolen her horse and set out on a journey with a family friend named Nate Graber, Of course, Beeler brings her pet longhorn cow, Travis, along with her. Travis is one of the funniest aspects of the novel - he comes when called, rubs against Beeler like a pet cat, and is the best guard cow in Texas. Beeler, Nate, and Leo have an exciting journey as they travel across the wild Texas backcounty in search of a town named Sundown, the last known location of Nate's father. In the course of the journey they encounter a traveling circus, a famous outlaw, and unfriendly Apaches. Hilarious, exciting, and at times, sweet, "How Many Miles to Sundown?" is definitely worth a read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    Not my favorite Patricia Beatty, but still a good historical yarn, featuring the colorful Beulah Land Quiney and her brother Leo, who set out from their tiny Texas community to accompany their older brother's friend Nate on his quest to find his missing father in a place no one has ever seemed to have heard of: Sundown. Set in the Wild West of the 1880s with plenty of historical details, such as a fireside encounter with Billy the Kid, and a traveling circus. 5th grade and up.

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