The Dog Crusoe And His Master

The Dog Crusoe And His Master

by R. M. Ballantyne


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In this Story of the Western Prairies he tells of the dangerous scrapes and close escapes that firmly knot together the hearts of a young man and his closest and most devoted of friends. From his earliest days, the dog Crusoe knows danger -- for young hunter Dick Varley must snatch him from the clutches of a vagrant -- who has clubs the pup and tosses him over a fire! Soon Dick has a chance to win permanent care of Crusoe, in a shooting match. But how can he win? His rifle is but a sorry affair. Even when it does fire, which is not very often, it remains a matter of doubt to Dick whether the slight deviations from the direct line made by his bullets are the result of his or its bad shooting. But Dick Varley has his heart dead-set on winning that wild pup.

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ISBN-13: 9781606645925
Publisher: Aegypan
Publication date: 02/26/2009
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825 - 1894) was a Scottish author of juvenile fiction who wrote more than 100 books. He was also an accomplished artist and exhibited some of his water-colors at the Royal Scottish Academy. Ballantyne went to Canada aged 16 and spent five years working for the Hudson's Bay Company. He traded with the local Native Americans for furs, which required him to travel by canoe and sleigh to the areas occupied by the modern-day provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, experiences that formed the basis of his novel Snowflakes and Sunbeams (1856). His longing for family and home during that period impressed him to start writing letters to his mother. Ballantyne recalled in his autobiographical Personal Reminiscences in Book Making (1893) that "To this long-letter writing I attribute whatever small amount of facility in composition I may have acquired." In 1856 Ballantyne gave up job working for a publishing firm to focus on his literary career and began the series of adventure stories for the young with which his name is popularly associated. The Coral Island (1857) and more than 100 other books followed in regular succession, his rule being in every case to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described

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