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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Book Review: The Perilous Road by William O. Steele


TITLE: The Perilous Road
AUTHOR: William O. Steele 
PUBLISHER: Sandpiper
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2004 (first published 1958)
FORMAT: Paperback, 176 pages
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780152052041
The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.

MY REVIEW:

I read this historical fiction novel aloud to my children, which won the 1959 Newbery Honor Award.

The story takes place in the 1860s  in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the time of the American Civil War. Chris Brabson is ten years old, and he is horrified when his older brother, Jethro, decides to join the Union Army. Chris hates the Yankees for taking their food supplies and livestock and he rebels a bit himself by setting the mules and horses free to try to make it harder for the Yanks. Some of the neighbours show their hatred for the Yankees and take their anger out on the Brabson family because they feel betrayed by Jethro, and they set fire to the Brabson’s barn.

My children and I really enjoyed this story. It gave us a feel for what it was like for folks in this turbulent time period, when the country's own people turned against one another. There is bit of a lesson to be learned here as well for Chris, and he finds out in the end that the Yankees are just like everybody else: They hurt, they bleed, and they aren’t all bad.

MY RATING:
#17 for my Monthly Mix-up Mania: 2013 to 2015 Edition     
Letter P for my 2013 A to Z Reading Challenge  
#6 for my What An Animal Reading Challenge VI  
#7 for my The Classics Club Five-Year Reading Challenge  
#35 for my Newbery Project     

#2 for my Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2013

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Darlene. I haven't heard of this book. If you're looking for another middle-grade on the same theme, I loved Newbery Medal winner Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

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    1. Funny thing, Joyce...we just finished that one! I'll be posting a review for that one as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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