After being falsely accused of killing a man, sixteen-year-old Jodie Brown hightails it out of town and ends up on a moored houseboat in post–Civil War Florida. Sheriff Pennyfellow and his posse try to chase him down, but Jodie makes for the river—and the adventure of a lifetime! He nearly freezes to death during an ice storm, but the Rollinses, a kind, elderly couple, save his life. The three embark down the river in search of buried treasure, and when they find a pirate’s chest of gold and jewels, Jodie’s fortunes take an unbelievable turn. He decides to stay on the river and see where it takes him, good or bad, and bids a hearty goodbye to the Rollinses. Jodie soon befriends two young twin boys, saves a village from an unscrupulous carpetbagger, meets a pretty banker in Tallahassee, and sets off on the Ocala Trail. During it all, Jodie tries to figure out a past he can’t remember and embrace a future he’s none too sure about. But Sheriff Pennyfellow is about to gum up the works. Will Jodie be able to talk his way out of this mess or is his future behind bars? A rollicking western with a tough-as-nails hero, The Life and Adventures of Jodie is action-packed and full of surprises!
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