It’s been several years since I’ve published a new book, making the debut of The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas all that more exciting.
Everybody’s heard of Buffalo Bill—the boy who rode the Pony Express and the man who starred in the Wild West Show.
Indeed, those were highlights of Bill Cody’s life. But there’s so much more to his story. You’ll learn in my new book about the tremendous challenges he faced as a boy when his family became homesteaders in frontier Kansas, where Congress had decided in 1854 that settlers would determine whether the new state would be free or slave. The Codys were in the thick of the troubles known as Bleeding Kansas as pro- and anti-slave factions battled for votes.
When Billy was eleven, his father was killed by a pro-slaver, leaving Billy to support his large family. How he did this makes for fascinating reading. Bill was also a Civil War soldier, scout, and spy. After the war he participated in the Indian Wars and earned fame as a buffalo hunter before starting his famous show.
In my new book you’ll meet young Billy, the boy who would grow up to became one of America’s greatest legends. I guarantee you won’t forget him!
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas (New York: Two Lions Press, 2015) Available in hardback, paperback, and e-book. Fully illustrated with b/w photos and images.