Monday, January 30, 2017

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

My rating: 4.7

Captain Kidd is an elderly widower who in 1870 makes his living by traveling throughout Texas reading the newspapers. He is offered a 50 cent gold piece to deliver a 10 year old girl, Johanna, who after spending 4 years with the Kiowa Indians, was rescued and needs to be returned to her family.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors grow a bond with each other and with the reader.

I have read several books on Americans encountering Indians such as: Wild Girl, 1000 White Women, and, for real historical insights Empire of the Summer Moon,  This book skimmed on some of the historical facts of the kidnapping by the Indians and then the reluctance to re-enter their former world but Empire of the Summer Moon definitely covers that best.

I fell in love with the quiet ways of Captain Kidd and the sweet mischevious spirit of Johanna. A very enjoyable read.


  1. Thanks Elle, sounds intriguing. I will check my library.
    Have a good week.


    1. Thanks Jeana. You as well. Missing my reading time but hopefully will calm down soon (that seems to be my mantra these days lol!)