Cassie And Jasper: Kidnapped Cattle by Bryn FlemingCassie And Jasper: Kidnapped Cattle by Bryn Fleming

Cassie And Jasper: Kidnapped Cattle

byBryn Fleming

Paper over Board | September 20, 2016

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Cassie's family's ranch is struggling financially and the ranch will go under if the cows and calves aren't brought down safely from high summer pastures before the weather turns cold. The stakes are high: if the cattle are lost, so is the ranch and their way of life. Cassie and Jasper head for the mountains to bring the cattle home. Trail riding, camping, and herding cows is nothing new for the seasoned ranch kids, but an early snowstorm, rustlers, and other dangers turn the weekend into a fight for survival for kids and cattle alike. It will take all of their courage, cowboy skills, and some horse-shoe-charm good luck to get them and the cattle home.

Bryn Fleming was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English. She taught creative writing classes at Portland Community College, and has been published in Highlights, Cricket, and numerous poetry journals. Bryn volunteered at a wildlife care center as a teenager, worked in ...
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Title:Cassie And Jasper: Kidnapped CattleFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:147 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943328668

ISBN - 13:9781943328666

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I took a deep breath and dived in. "Pa says there's no way to get our cattle down from the mountains before winter, what with him being laid up, and we're out of money and we have to sell the cattle where they are and give up the ranch and move to the city so he can work."There; I'd said it out loud. The awful reality of it hung in the air, jumbled with the dust and the smell of soap and leather and hay and the delicious warmth of animals well-cared-for.Jasper's mouth hung open. "No puedo ser!""Yep." I stood up, already feeling closed in, caught in a trap. I paced in and out of the sunlight falling like bars across the barn floor. "You and me, we have to think of something, some way to raise money to hire help to bring down the cows, or pay the mortgage, at least until we can get the herd down, or.or.I don't know, something." I kicked the straw bale with the toe of my boot and raised more dust, like more questions floating out of me.Jasper picked up the sponge, dipped it in the bucket again and rubbed it on the soap. He picked up a stirrup leather and ran the damp sponge over it. slowly, up and down, up and down, both sides of the strap, not saying anything."Well?" I nearly shouted, "What are we going to do?" I wanted him to get as mad as I was, to rage and stomp around and agree about how unfair it was. But I knew my friend. That wasn't his way.Finally, he seemed satisfied that the strap was clean and soft and supple. He dropped the sponge back in the bucket and leaned his elbow on the saddle on its rack.He said, "Why don't we just go get the cows, you and me?"I laughed in spite of my anger and frustration. "What? You and me ride off on our own into the mountains and bring back the whole herd of cattle?"Jasper nodded."You and me and Rowdy and Tigger up in the mountains with the bears and cougars and winter coming on?" I paced back and forth in the barred sunlight. Jasper kept nodding."You've been up there, Jasper. You know how rough that country is, all cliffs and gullies and trees so thick you can't see through 'em. Think how many things can go bad and no one around to help if one of us falls or gets snake-bit or we get snowed in or lost . . . a million things could go wrong!""Yep," he said. "You got another idea or you want to go home and pack for your move to town?" "Just you and me bringing down the herd, no grown-ups? I thought you'd come up with a real idea." I kicked the straw bale harder this time and the twine popped loose and the bale burst and the straw tumbled across the barn floor. "We're twelve" I reminded him. "Our parents would never in a million years let us go.""We don't tell them, we don't tell anyone. We'll say we're going on a field trip for school or something. Maybe I can tell my folks I'm staying at your place and you tell your Pa you're with me. We could do it over a weekend, be home by Sunday night.""Right," I shook my head. "What if our folks come looking? It'd never work." "Hey," Jasper stepped in front of me, stopping my pacing. "You're the one who fought off Carl when we stole the horse, and you're the one who helped me rescue Ginny from the wildfire. So you don't tell me we can't do it."

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"Set in an unspecified time uncluttered by cellphones and the Internet, this compassionate adventure plays out . . . Paced at a smooth canter and tugging at the heartstrings. . . a call to action for middle-grade animal lovers." -Kirkus Reviews (Cassie and Jasper to the Rescue)