Best Books: Ms. Carlson

Ms. Kristen Carlson
Ms. Carlson, head of the English Department, has a favorite book, News of the World by Paulette Jiles. She comments, “More than anything else, I loved the presentation of all of the rich and meaningful and seemingly strange relationships people have and how they can affect life’s journey.”

Here’s a synopsis of this amazing book on Goodreads:

25817493“In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous…”