Welcome to this week’s ‘Open Book Blog Hop‘. Here’s the topic for today:

‘Every story starts with a stranger in town or a journey. “Pa, we’re takin’ the wagon to Virginia City,” and every story ends with “Golly gee, Wally. I thought we were goners.” True or False?’

Wally and his father get in the wagon at the start of the book and begin their journey to Virginia City. On the way they might meet a tribe of Red Indians, the wheel of their wagon might fall off, their horse might die, or Wally might succumb to a wagon full of ‘ladies of dubious morals’ on the trail and catch a dose of something nasty.

All these things happen as the book unfolds. The reader follows the story from the wagon setting off at the beginning right through to the end and its arrival in Virginia City, now sporting a new wheel, a new horse, or holes in the side of it from Red Indian arrows. Wally may or may not now have a nasty little rash. What has happened though, is the story has been told in its entirety from start to hopefully a happy ending at the finish.

So yes, I think the statement at the top of the page is true. Every book needs a beginning, a middle and an end in order to satisfy the reader, who might then come back for more if they liked the story. The middle bit would describe the way in which Wally and Pa solve the problems of how to mend their wagon wheel, where to find a new horse, how to win against the Red Indians, and where to find a pox doctor in the middle of nowhere.

When they arrive in Virginia City all the problems have been solved. Wally now has a strange gait, but that’s his own stupid fault!

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