Indian attacks, outlaws, rattlesnakes, smallpox and blizzards are a few of the
true-to-life dangers experienced by Addie Slaughter, daughter of the famous John Horton
Slaughter, a Texas Ranger, famed Cochise County Sheriff and an early settler of the San
Bernardino Valley in the late 1800s.
In first-person narrative, author Susan Krueger, Ed.D., expertly speaks for Addie, who
tells her adventurous, sometimes heartbreaking, story of traveling across the wild west
from Texas to Arizona to Oregon, and then eventually settling on the Slaughter Ranch near
the Arizona-Mexico border.
Along the way, Addie's mother dies; her family narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery; her
grandfather is rescued when their adobe ranch buildings collapse in a terrible earthquake;
when pursuing a member of the Jack Taylor Gang, her father's earlobe is shot off; and
Addie meets the powerful warrior, Geronimo.
Based on actual stories told to Adeline Greene Parks by her mother, Addie Slaughter, and
in-depth interviews with Arizona Culturekeeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H.
Slaughter ranch historian, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo
, succeeds in
capturing the interest and imagination of young readers due to its youthful voice,
colorful descriptions and exciting recount of actual events. most of the book's
photographs come from Slaughter family albums and the collection of Dr. Grandrud.
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