Calamity Jane: How the West Began
Calamity Jane: How The West Began
Calamity Jane: How the West Began
Gold, gunfire and horseplay make for a dangerous and exciting mix for Jane, a newcomer to frontier Montana.The neglect of her parents gets her labelled “Calamity,” but her fearless nature and skill at the gambling table makes her the toast of the town. At the same time, robbery and murder escalate, resulting in the loss of a friend.Jane knows who leads the gang. But can she rally the town and bring the killers to justice?"The details of life in the 1860's Montana mining town are rich, and the quick-moving tale is well-situated in the tradition of 20th century frontier town novels, such as Jack Schaefer's Shane..." - Kirkus ReviewsFINALIST, 2016 WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDSFINALIST, 2016 ROSSETTI BOOK AWARDS

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Bryan Ney’s young adult historical fiction debut, Calamity Jane: How the West Began, follows his eponymous 15-year-old protagonist on an engaging, perilous journey during the Gold Rush days of yore. The novel opens in Bannack, Montana, where the Canary family now lives in abject poverty after selling their farm in Missouri.

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