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Legends of the Lost Causes


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The thrilling first book in a new middle-grade fantasy action-adventure series set in the Old West that expertly combines elements of Little House on the Prairie, Westworld, and even The Walking Dead.

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Born and raised in Arkansas, Brad McLelland obtained his MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University, where he met his writing partner, Louis. A part-time drummer and singer, Brad lives in Oklahoma with his wife, stepdaughter, a mini-Aussie who gives hugs, and a chubby cat who begs for ham. Louis Sylvester is a professor at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Together with his wife, he enjoys playing tabletop games from his collection of over 1,000 card and board games. Louis enjoys watching western films and reading fantasy novels. He has two dogs that go wild when they hear the word treats. Legends of the Lost Causes is their first novel.


A Junior Library Guild selection"This is a fun and exciting story, written with the utmost respect for the Osage culture." --Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center"A rip-roaring adventure . . . filled with cowboys, magic, and a horde of undead villains that'll have you hunkered down in your bedroll, turning pages long after the campfire has died down." --Heidi Schulz, author of the New York Times bestselling Hook's Revenge"I don't get to use the word rollicking enough but there's no other word for this book: a rollicking adventure filled with mystery and magic that crackles like a brush fire." --Emma Trevayne, author of The House of Months and Years "Thrilling, dark, and full of heart, this is a Western like none I've ever read. I loved it." --Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot

"The Old West lingo-laden dialogue is pitch-perfect--not to mention contagious. It's rare to see a Western in middle grade fiction--especially one that, like this one, eliminates some of the genre's more harmful stereotypes of Native populations . . . [this] will surely gain more than a few young fans." --School Library Journal"Vividly drawn characters, evocative writing, thrilling suspense along with the harrowing angle of the evil undead leave the reader eagerly awaiting the promised next installment." --The Buffalo News"McLelland and Sylvester imbue the adventure with a Louis L'Amour-esque flair refreshed for today's readers by the thoughtful incorporation of American frontier history and Osage culture. This is an easy read for fans of Westerns like Bowman's Vengeance Road." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Cowriters McLelland and Sylvester incorporate aspects of Osage culture and legend into this action-packed series starter. Part western, part zombie flick, this pits scrappy, resourceful kids against some menacing villains--always a recipe for success." --Booklist

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