My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Matt Logan (aka "the kid") is a cowboy determined to save his town from ruin after robbers make off with much-needed funds. So far, so normal, but the kid is just seventeen. This gives him individuality and means he doesn't yet have the cynical shell of the older cowboy. On his quest, the kid meets a satisfyingly odd group of characters and even rescues a damsel. (This he does with typically kid-like verve and some amusing results.) His confrontation with the bad guy pulls no punches.
Matt might be a kid, but he functions as a man in a man's world. His story is equally enjoyable for YA readers who like a hero with more guts and humour than angst, and for diehard Western fans who would like something just a little different. It's also fun for readers like me who don't generally look for westerns.
Recommended as a light enjoyable story for just about anyone over twelve.