Calamity Jane by Bryan Ney

Calamity Jane: How the West Began


Fifteen-year-old Martha Canary’s family arrives in the gold fields of 1860’s Montana in impoverished circumstances and despised for uncertain reasons. Soon, Martha makes a name for herself as Calamity Jane through her exploits, wins friends, and becomes the toast of the town. Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails, and Jane thinks she knows who is responsible. Can she and her new friends rally forces to clean the place up?

Since its release, Calamity Jane has been honored as a finalist in the following contests:

Western Fictioneers Seventh Annual Peacemaker Award
Chanticleer International Book Awards, Rosetti YA division 2016
The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2016
Literary Classics Book Awards 2017

“The details of life in the 1860s 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. In one clever scene, Jane responds to her mother’s discussion of early 19th-century living with sarcasm, saying, “Musta been something, livin’ back then.” The irony, of course, is that Ney clearly believes it must have indeed been something living in Jane’s time; his enthusiasm for the old West and its literature comes through on every page. A light, fun, and atavistic Western novel.” —Kirkus Reviews

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