The Rifle

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By Gary Paulsen
Publisher Laurel Leaf
The Rifle
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In 1768, a gunsmith named Cornish McManus built a rifle of such accuracy that he know he could never create another like it. He intended to treasure his masterpiece, but with a new wife to provide for, he felt pressed to sell it. Soon the rifle was helping one John Byam become a legendary sharpshooter in the American Revolution. But when Byam succumbed to dysentery, the weapon was passed on to yet another owner...and then to another and another, until the present day.Strangely, in all the time of the rifle after John Byams death and through all the people who looked at it and held it to their shoulder, not once in the life of the rifle did anybody ever think to see if it was loaded.The rifle was loaded.

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17003 words17,003 words
112 pages112 pages
Lexile 1480LLexile 1480L
Grade 6 to 9Grade 6 to 9
Age 11-14Age 11-14
Published 1997Published 1997

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