Shaking the Nickel Bush   -     By: Ralph Moody
    Illustrated By: Tran Mawicke
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Shaking the Nickel Bush

Illustrated By: Tran Mawicke
University of Nebraska Press / 1994 / Paperback

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Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Going west again is a delightful prospect. Now nineteen years old he is hustling odd jobs, facing the problem of getting fresh milk and leafy green vegetables and risking his neck as a stunt rider for a movie company. With a buddy named Lonnie, he camps out in an Arizona canyon and "shakes the nickel bush" by sculpting plaster of paris busts of lawyers and bankers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 236
Vendor: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 8 X 5 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0803282184
ISBN-13: 9780803282186
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Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Going west again is a delightful prospect. His childhood adventures on a Colorado ranch were described in Little Britches and Man of the Family, also Bison Books. Now nineteen years old, he strikes out into new territory hustling odd jobs, facing the problem of getting fresh milk and leafy green vegetables. He scrapes around to survive, risking his neck as a stunt rider for a movie company. With an improvident buddy named Lonnie, he camps out in an Arizona canyon and "shakes the nickel bush" by sculpting plaster of paris busts of lawyers and bankers. This is 1918, and the young men travel through the Southwest not on horses but in a Ford aptly named Shiftless. New readers and old will enjoy this entry in the continuing saga of Ralph Moody.

Author Bio

Ralph Moody (1898–1982) is the author of Come on Seabicuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch, all available in Bison Books editions.

Editorial Reviews

"Social historians of the future, seeking material on the life of American boys during the first few decades of the [twentieth] century will ignore the books of Ralph Moody at their peril. . . . [Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

"A sentimental reminiscence rich in good humor and courage, and in Americana. It is a story simply told of a young man's unself-pitying and successful struggle against what seem the unsurmountable odds of dire poverty and desperate illness."—New York Herald Tribune Books

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  1. Marti
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2008
    Marti
    Another best story line from Mr. Moody. What a cowboy! We've read everyone of his books we could get in order. Good chance to see how resourceful folks are when hungry,and hard pressed by bad times use all their talents to earn some "bread". The warm,family way Ralph adds character strengths to the true, historical plot after the end of WW1. Hated to see the last page come at our house.
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