Crows & Cards

Crows Cards Three warnings for listeners who hate surprises Beware of slivers and gamblers and aces Zebulon Crabtree found all that out the hard way back in when his mother and father shipped him off t

  • Title: Crows & Cards
  • Author: Joseph Helgerson MacLeod Andrews
  • ISBN: 9781501270857
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Three warnings for listeners who hate surprises 1 Beware of slivers,2 and gamblers,3 and aces.Zebulon Crabtree found all that out the hard way back in 1849 when his mother and father shipped him off to St Louis to apprentice with a tanner Too bad he had serious allergies to fur and advice from his parents Hearing the beat of a different drummer, Zeb takes up with a rThree warnings for listeners who hate surprises 1 Beware of slivers,2 and gamblers,3 and aces.Zebulon Crabtree found all that out the hard way back in 1849 when his mother and father shipped him off to St Louis to apprentice with a tanner Too bad he had serious allergies to fur and advice from his parents Hearing the beat of a different drummer, Zeb takes up with a riverboat gambler who has some special plans for him, crosses paths with a slave who turns out to be a better friend than cook, and learns that some Indian medicine men can see even though blind And then there s the Brotherhood the one that Zeb can t seem to get out of.

    One thought on “Crows & Cards”

    1. Bleach. Just bleach. The only good things about it (the villain, the concept) were shrouded in bluck when viewed through Zeb's eyes. I truly believe that he isthemost annoying, unrealistic protagonist in the history of poorly executed middle-grade historical fiction novels.

    2. This book is really something. Crows and Cards, the book of Zeb, a 12 year old boy who was sent away from his home to become a apprentice for a tanner. While on his way to St. Louis he meets Chilly, a gambler. In this book you follow these two in 33 chapters of 1830's grammar. Chances are I would not recommend this book all because it's not the greatest of story's in my opinion. While is it kinda good to start off, it's really stale after a while reading about Zeb.

    3. Harmless cautionary tale about a greenhorn named Zeb who learns the ropes with a riverboat gambler/thief named "Chilly" in 1849 St. Louis. The author is an obvious devotee of Twain's but "Senator, I knew Mark Twain and you're no Mark Twain."OK, maybe unfair. Helgerson's probably not trying to be Twain so much as emulating him. And this is a fine little book for the younger half of the YA crowd, IF they don't mind the slow plot and IF they find cheating at cards compelling stuff. For variety, we [...]

    4. Quite the Mark Twain feel to this story of young Zeb who gets lured away from an apprenticeship with his uncle tanning hides by a slick talking Mississippi River gambler. Great usage of the language from back in the steam-powered riverboat era. In this engaging story Zeb learns right from very wrong from a slave who burns all the food on purpose, a blind Native American chief, his savvy princess daughter and a flock of crows.

    5. The character of Zeb is a real 12 year old. He tells the story from the perspective of a 12 year old so everything is pretty clear to anyone who is paying attention, which Zeb is not. The historical information at the end is interesting and the dictionary at the end is funny and I think this book should be read in most 6th grade history classes. I got this free from Sync so cheers to them.

    6. This book was very boring. The main character was very ignorant and obnoxious. IFeel like I would have enjoyed the story more if Zeb wasn't the worst

    7. I got lost in the book and not in a good way. I started to forget who was who and everything was con fuzzing after that.

    8. It was I little bit boring for the first 3 chapters but then it starts to get interesting with cheating, gambling and money getting involved.

    9. A book I listened to on audio, this book had an altogether unique tone and brand of approach that I really enjoyed. Much of it has a tongue-and-cheek style of humor that absolutely carries the story. It is delivered quite well in audio format, with the humor being translated effectively. I imagine this would be an enjoyable read on paper as well. The aesthetic of this book is pretty specific, with a lot of obvious emphasis on crows and cards, but it isn't unapproachable. Pretty fun!(352 pages)

    10. I enjoyed every moment of this "so totally NOT my genre" audiobook! Joseph Helgerson's characters were SO well developed that I felt as though I'd stepped into the pages and become part of the storyline!MacLeod Andrews' awesome narration skills brought Helgerson's colorful characters to living breathing life . . the mark of a master craftsman.The audiobook contained thought-provoking addendum - by the author (?) - that centered around a discussion of slavery, native American issues and attitudes [...]

    11. I kind of liked it. Good flow to it, simple characters, and a good hearted story. This is not a masterpiece by far, but if you just go into it expecting a short and simple story about a young boys adventure on his own, then you'll be satisfied. If you are a fan of Mark Twain, chances are that you'll smile quite a few times reading this book. Likely also a good book for readers around the age of 10-12.

    12. 06 February 2009 CROWS & CARDS by Joseph Helgerson, Houghton Mifflin, April 2009, 344p ISBN: 978-0-618-88395-0"It's the same story the crow told me, it's the only one he know." -- Hunter/Garcia"'You've got a great-uncle, name of Seth, who's down in St. Louis. He used to be a trapper on the Missouri but has turned to tanning in his dotage. Fact is, I hear tell he's the best tanner there is west of the Mississippi. When it comes to treating furs, he knows himself some secrets. Picked 'em up fr [...]

    13. I listened to the audio version. I think this book would be best in audio with the narrator's accent and inflection in the reading. I enjoyed the author's wording and phrases. Literally laughed out loud several times on phrases and circumstances. An intriguing and interesting book.

    14. This was a free download through the Audiofile SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program. The author was obviously inspired by Mark Twain and I believe the target audience is grades 4-8. The historical information and dictionary in the afterword were informative and the story was mostly entertaining.

    15. 3.5 stars. Entertaining, if a little hard to get into initially. I enjoyed the dictionary at the end, too.

    16. Crows and Cards is a poorly crafted novel about a young boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River, and away from home. In his travels, the protagonist, Zeb, comes across an unsavory character by the name of Chilly. This turns out to be a bad thing for Zeb. Although Chilly is a cheater and swindler by trade, What really allowed him to manipulate the young boy successfully, is the fact that Zeb is gullible, easily impressionable, and naive. Joseph Helgerson wrote Zeb’s character as an overl [...]

    17. I got this book as an Advanced Reading Copy through Vine. I was excited to read it because it is written by a local MN author and I had heard good things about it from other Vine members. It was a clever little book but I had a lot of trouble getting into it.Zeb gets sent off by his parents to apprentice with a tanner. Only thing is, Zeb meets up with a gentleman on his way to St. Louis named Chilly. Chilly accepts the money for Zeb's tanner apprenticeship and agrees to take Zeb on as a apprent [...]

    18. From the very first paragraph of Joseph Helgerson's "Crows and Cards" you know that wild and wooly shenanigans will be the norm because wellZebulon Crabtree, that pesky, irresistible main character, (sprat that he is) has a penchant for trouble. It's that very same truculence that has gotten him a one-way ticket on the Rose Melinda to his great-uncle Seth in St. Louis to train him up as a tanner. As much as his parents will miss him (and so will the crow in the wood shed), Crabtree has gotten in [...]

    19. Gr 4-8-It's 1849, and though 12-year-old Zeb would rather remain in their familiar log cabin with his six siblings, Pa places him onboard a steamship bound for St. Louis and Great-Uncle Seth's tannery to learn a trade. Feeling lonely and unhappy about the prospect of working "with a bunch of smelly old hides," Zeb is thrilled when a fine gentleman strikes up a conversation with him. Chilly Larpenteur's specialty is helping wealthy travelers share their riches-through rigged card games. He asks Z [...]

    20. This is a fun and fairly unusual book with a style much like Mark Twain. Much of the humor comes from being smarter than the main character, who gets picked up by a professional gambler on the riverboat when he is supposed to be going to start his apprenticeship in tanning. He thinks L (the gambler) will give him an interesting, easy life, and that his main motivation is to (Robin Hood like) win money from rich people to give it to the poor. He wises up about half way through and spends the rest [...]

    21. Zebulon Crabtree is afraid of everything, including his shadow. So when his Pa starts suggesting different apprenticeships he might be able to find, Zeb has an objection to all of them. In frustration, Pa sends him downriver to St. Louis to work with a relative learning to be a tanner. But Zeb, not the brightest kid, is easily swayed by a riverboat gambler into becoming his apprentice - to "help the orphans." But before long he starts having second thoughts. Is it really right to cheat cheaters? [...]

    22. I had some trouble getting into this audiobook & the narration by MacLeod Andrews helped convince me to keep going. While I ended up liking this story more than I expected to at first, I would say that if you want a Mark Twain type story (which this is) then read Mark Twain!As I was mulling over my thoughts and reactions after finishing, I realized that most of my problems with the beginning of the book stem from one specific I thought didn't ring true: (view spoiler)[Zeb's parents sending h [...]

    23. Helgerson tells the story of a 12 year old boy in 1849 who is sent off to apprentice with his uncle in the big city of St. Louis. The boy, not happy with being sent away from his home, is on the paddle boat up the Mississippi when he's approached by a gambler who offers to take him on as an apprentice.While the story is really quite good, the thing that make "Crows and Cards" stand out is the purity of the voice with which Helgerson tells his tale. Stepping out of the way, Helgerson allows his m [...]

    24. Our hero, 12-year-old Zeb, is a Tom Sawyer-ish character who's sent far from his woodsy home to work for his Great Uncle in St. Louis. Only he never sees his uncle. Instead, he's recruited mid-trip by a gambler named Chilly who leads him down a path that just gets farther and farther from what Zeb was expecting. He makes friends with a slave named Ho-John, an Indian chief and his daughter (she doesn't have a name, but is just called "the princess"). The story is mostly driven by Zeb's moral deve [...]

    25. I actually contemplated on the idea of dropping this book after the first four chapters since I was deeply disappointed. The story seems to be sly, the character was typically dreamy and ignorant (even for a 12 year old), and seems to guide me nowhere.However, I really do not want to drop any book since I ought to give them a fair chance even up to the middle. So, needless to say, the story became interesting enough for me to finish it and the climax (even if it is just thrown like some dirty wa [...]

    26. Here was one of my free from to review books.First this is a book more for the PRE pre-teenagers and I am reviewing it more according to that reading level not entirely my preferances. THis book refreshingly resonates the feel of Mark Twain in a way, but still has it's own life. Life around the Mississippi in the mid 1800s and a 12 year old boy who leaves to become an apprentice and learn a trade but ends up learning so much more. THis was a fun read, and a story full of well written characters [...]

    27. This was one of the free audiobooks I got from Sync Audio (last summer, I think). I listened to the whole thing, but never found it engaging or interesting. I mostly finished it just to be able to say I finished it. The plot was slow and didn't interest me, and because I listened to this shortly after listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I couldn't help comparing this one unfavorably to Twain's work. I'm sure it was supposed to be an homage to Twain's style, but instead it just felt l [...]

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