The Last of the Roundup Boys by Debra Seely

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When Tom's family finds itself struggling at the start of another harsh winter on the Kansas prairie, Tom has no choice but to take up a cowhand position at the Parsons ranch. The cowboy life isn't easy, but Tom's family needs the money and he craves the freedom it promises. Evie Parsons has always been a rancher at heart, even though ranching is considered man's work. She's planning to have her own land and herd so she'll be able to choose her own path, even if it's one her parents don't support. Narrated in interchanging voices, this sequel to Debra Seely's critically hailed first novel, Grasslands, tells the exciting story of Tom's and Evie's struggles for love and freedom on the open frontier.
 

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Published April 1, 2004 by Holiday House. 230 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the cover will have readers thinking this is simply a romance, it is a story with substance, and readers will want to go back and read its companion, Grasslands (2002), which tells Tom’s story prior to coming out to Kansas.

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The Last of the Roundup Boys by Debra Seely is the sequel to Grasslands, which PW said ""convincingly illustrates the gaps between the romance of the West and the realities of daily life on a struggling Kansas farm in the early 1880s."" The narrative alternates between Tom, now 17, who gets a sec...

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