Let 'Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion

By NELSON, Vaunda Micheaux

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ISBN
9781512498080
Publisher
Carolrhoda


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on Winter2018  |  Elementary

Gr 3–6—Growing up in Eastern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century, George Fletcher discovered a love for horses at an early age: by 16, "life in the saddle and riding rough were all he hankered for." He competed in rodeos and performed stunts in Wild West shows, aiming for prizes, but Nelson notes "When he was allowed to compete, the judges hardly ever treated him fair." Readers will be mesmerized by lyrical, conversational prose that describes the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2019

Nelson (Bad News for Outlaws, rev. 11/09) returns to the Old West for this engrossing picture-book biography of African American cowboy and bronc buster George Fletcher (1890-1973). It wasn't easy being one of the few black people in Pendleton, Oregon, but grow-?ing up he "found kinship" with the Umatilla Indian Reservation's children, and from the tribal horsemen he learned to tame horses. At sixteen he began rid-?ing for prizes, though black riders weren't always allowed in competitions or treated f...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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