Orphan’s Preferred by Renée Vajko Srch:

When Billy applies to the Pony Express, he doesn’t expect superintendent, Mr. Slade, to hire him as a farmhand for some remote relay station called Mud Springs. Amos, the station manager, is none too pleased either. Instead of a strong, full-grown farmhand, he’s sent a twelve-year old boy.

As soon as he arrives at the Mud Springs station, Billy realizes he’s in for a challenge. Situated miles from anywhere, surrounded by vast stretches of bleak, dangerous land, the station is nothing more than a stable and a cramped soddy, managed by a grumpy man named Amos who can’t seem to keep his hired help.

Right from the start, tempers flare as Amos and Billy clash. While Amos is determined to prove that Billy is too young for the job, Billy sets out to show that he can do the job as well as any man and, hopefully, prove to Mr. Slade he has what it takes to be a Pony Express rider.

But life in such an isolated land is full of dangers. Amos and Billy soon discover they have bigger enemies than each other and need to join forces to save the station, the valuable horses, even their own lives.

Orphans Preferred is the remarkable and fast-moving story of a twelve-year-old boy who learns the meaning of bravery and perseverance, and discovers true friendship in the most unlikely place.

Product Details:
Paperback: ‎232 Pages
Publisher: ‎Pen It! Publications, LLC (January 20, 2022)
Faythe Payol (Illustrator)
Language: ‎English
Grandma’s Book Club: Teen and Young Adult (Fiction)
Grandma’s Book Club: Boys
Grandma’s Book Club: Horses

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About The Author: Born to an American father and a British mother, Renée Vajko Srch grew up in France where she obtained her French Baccalaureate.

She attended IBME in Switzerland, graduating with a degree in Theology. She is a speaker with Stars for Autism, educating and training individuals and businesses about autism.

She currently lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and three sons, one of whom has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. She is a connoisseur of fine chocolates, loves to read, and has a weakness for rescue cats. She is a staff-writer for Herald and Banner Press. Several of her articles have been published in the Missouri Autism Report magazine. Two of her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also authors a blog on autism, motherhood and God. She is currently working on her second novel, ghostwriting a memoir, and a devotional for autism and special-needs families.

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