I’ve moved this comment forward into a post:
I am a middle school teacher in Vermont. We have a number of students who like the basic themes of westerns (honor, independence, survival, and the like) and go through Gary Paulsen and…. stop. I have found that, given the right western at the right time a student will get hooked and read for life, but my knowledge of westerns is zilch (I enjoy the movies but have no patience for the books).
So, I am looking for a list of good westerns that a young reader might enjoy. It needs to be accessible to someone who is not in the west. Suggestions?