Sunday, September 8, 2013

Eric Pierpoint’s Wild West Inspired: The Last Ride of Caleb O'Toole Blog Tour!

The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole
By Eric Pierpoint

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

September 2013

ISBN: 9-781-4022- 8171-6

Trade Paper/$7.99

Ages 9-12

Danger looms for Caleb and his sisters on every mile of the Oregon Trail.

Epic in scope, populated by unforgettable characters, this debut wild west adventure novel by popular Hollywood character actor Eric Pierpoint will thrill young readers.

Caleb O’Toole and his two sisters are left orphaned after a cholera outbreak in their hometown of Great Bend, Kansas. Attempting to fulfill their mother’s dying wish, they strike out on a one-horse wagon to travel the treacherous road along the Oregon Trail to the Montana Territory to live with their aunt. Caleb promised to keep his two sisters safe. But safety is thirteen hundred miles away in the rugged Bitterroot Mountains, past the dust-choked deserts, monstrous tornadoes and ravenous wolves of the Oregon Trail. And after witnessing a crime by the infamous Blackstone Gang, Caleb and his sisters have no choice but to brave the dangers of the trail, trying to stay one step ahead of murderous outlaws.

Dii's review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would you have the fortitude to travel hundreds of miles in a small horse drawn wagon, through dangerous territory, to get to family you don’t really know, far away? Could you provide protection and food, as well as support for your siblings, all while being chased by evil villains who KNOW you witnessed their murdering, corrupted ways? One last thought, you are only a young boy, recently orphaned by cholera and you promised to keep your sisters safe, somehow. Follow the larger-than-life adventures of three siblings in The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole by Eric Pierpont and see how a new hero is born!

Young Caleb O’Toole has the weight of the world on his shoulders in the wake of the cholera epidemic in the late 1800s in Kansas. He and his sisters set out to find their only living relative, an aunt, but to get to her, they must survive threats from every imaginable corner, from the elements , the terrain, wild animals, white men and Native American tribes at war with trespassers to their lands. Learning to survive, learning who to trust is not easy and but the journey is filled with new sights, adventures and friends found along the way! What will these children find in the end? Perhaps the warmth and safety of family, perhaps bitter disappointment, but for sure, it will be another adventure full of possibilities and hope!

From the first page, I was taken back in time, thrown into the middle of the terror and confusion felt by a young boy with too much responsibility thrown on his shoulders. Caleb and his sisters are wonderful role model for youngsters with their sense of honor, grit and the inner strength to take on the unknown, alone and unprepared for what lies ahead. The adventure ran high with beautifully detailed scenes that came alive in my mind as I lived each moment in awe of what they had to endure and how well they adapted and learned. This is a coming of age story written for middle grade children that will hold them captive and fill their heads with visions of the past and the power of youth! Children need heroes they can identify with, they need to understand the people from the past, the lives they lived and how ANYONE, regardless of age and circumstance can make a huge difference in the world! The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole does that!

An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in exchange for my honest review.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 978-1402281716
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Recommendation: 9 & up
My Rating: 5 Stars
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Eric Pierpoint is a veteran Hollywood actor has been on stage, screen, and television for nearly thirty five years and whose credits include Hart of Dixie, Parks and Recreation, Alien Nation, The World’s Fastest Indian, and Holes.

Inspired by his family’s heritage as part of the pioneer migration along the Oregon Trail, including a great-great-grandmother born in a covered wagon, Eric piled Joey, his trusty dog, into his car to trace his family history, experience first-hand what the pioneers must have seen during the Western Migration and learn the history of this amazing era: the American Indian Wars and tribal culture, the hardships of the wild west and friendships that formed because of the dangerous journey. The author’s journey and his research was transformed into THE LAST RIDE OF CALEB O’TOOLE, a unique adventure novel of America’s pioneer past. Visit or

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