YOUNG ADULT WESTERN: Cornelius Kogelschitz lives in the slums of New York City. All his young life he has lived and worked in the dirty, smoke-filled part of the city, slaving long hours for meager wages in one of the many factories. His parents die of typhus and Corny moves in with his uncle, aunt, and eleven cousins. One Sunday afternoon, while on the roof capturing birds for the stew pot, he overhears an argument. His aunt complains about the added expense of caring for the boy. Deciding not to take food from his cousins, Corny bundles up his few possessions and leaves the tenement apartment and the only world he knows. Near the train station he jumps onto a moving freight train heading west. Now on his own, fourteen-year old-Cornelius rides the rails and crosses the Mississippi River into an unknown future. Word Count 14,000
"Cornelius Kogelschitz hated his name with all the passion his mind could muster." With a vivid opening line capturing attention and interest, readers are off and running in a Western story set in a time when typhus runs rampant and 'Corny' is adopted into a large family when his parents die.
Kids who appreciate sagas of self-reliance, adventure, and an unusually mature attitude in a child (one who perceives his relatives' struggle and decides to alleviate their stress himself) will find Cornelius Goes West a vivid story. -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
A well told story that weaves throughout the lives of Cornelius 'Corny', his poor family in New York and his new family out west. Dynamic characters like Lucy add a young romance to the tale while the nurturing and caring Mauldin’s find the son they never knew they wanted. A definite must for the reader who loves adventure. -S.M. Wade, Avid Reader
Cornelius Goes West is a great little book, filled with hope, courage and friendship. -Rusty Burg, Author
“When you have no choice in the matter, it is very easy to be scared and brave at the same time.” Read my story and find out why. -Cornelius Kogelschitz, Main Character