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Reviewed by Sandy Masia for Readers' Favorite
The small town of Kecking Horse in Montana needs a teacher. An advertisement is placed, and T.I. Morgan answers the advertisement. Both the placing of the advertisement and T. I. Morgan answering it lead to an enthralling series of events. The Man Called Teacher by David A. Poulsen is a story of those events and more.
Westerns have a bad rap; they are often portrayed as action over substance thrillers with nothing more to show for it. The Man Called Teacher defies all that while providing us with plenty that will please traditional Western lovers. It is a multifaceted book. The true-to-era colloquial language pulls the reader in immediately. It is lighthearted and often humorous, but what it does very well is surprise you with moments of depth, beauty, and passion. I did not expect that at any moment in this book I would cry or even feel very moved, although I was very entertained and engaged. Such is the talent of David A. Poulsen; the ability to craft something so easy to digest and yet so powerful.
The story is a good one, but the way it is told is exceptional. The style, both colloquial and historical, puts this book into its own realm, treading seriousness and fantasy. Playing with our impulses to mark things as either real or hearsay, David A. Poulsen explores a world where both things are true – a matter of accepted record. The Man Called Teacher is a book that is sure to stay with you long after the last page is read, yearning to go back there. You never want to say goodbye. Terrific!