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Fourteen-year-old Chris, bitterly hating the Yankees for invading his Tennessee mountain home, learns a difficult lesson about the waste of war and the meaning of tolerance and courage when he reports the approach of a Yankee supply troop to ...

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Overview

A young Tennessee mountain boy travels a difficult and dangerous path during the Civil War before he realizes the senseless waste of war and learns the true meaning of courage and tolerance.

Fourteen-year-old Chris, bitterly hating the Yankees for invading his Tennessee mountain home, learns a difficult lesson about the waste of war and the meaning of tolerance and courage when he reports the approach of a Yankee supply troop to the Confederates, only to learn that his brother is probably part of that troop.

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Publishers Weekly
A gritty, you-are-there look at the Civil War makes a solid, compelling listen as William O. Steele's 1959 Newbery Honor book, The Perilous Road, comes to audio. With often steely sounding determination and a slight southern twang, Ram n de Ocampo narrates as bitter Tennessee teen Chris Brabson, who hates Yankees and the many confusing battle lines that arise in a nasty war. Steele's 1954 wilderness survival story, Winter Danger, is simultaneously released. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Eleven-year-old Caje Amos learns to be part of a family and a safe home in Newbery Honor winner William O. Steele's historical novel (Harcourt, 1954). Caje's taciturn father has raised him to be a "woodsy," always on the move, hunting and trading, trying to stay alive. Jared Amos adamantly believes that neither he nor his son should be beholden to anyone, ever. When they're forced by the worst Tennessee winter on record to stay with Caje's aunt and uncle, the boy is excited to have the opportunity of being warm and safe, well-fed, and on a farm. His father can only bear it for a short time before abandoning his son in the middle of one harsh winter night. There are plenty of exciting scenes involving Indians, bears, hungry wolves and a panther, illness and starvation due to the unusual weather. Caje eventually realizes that he belongs with this family; being beholden just means that he'll be able to return the favor eventually. Actor Richard Brewer does a fine job of narrating this adventure, using different voices to emphasize the slang and strange words of the time. The introduction, written by Jean Craighead George, is a bit too long and gives away too much of the story. A good historical novel for reluctant readers, especially boys.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"This is one of Mr. Steele's best books, an engrossing, realistic story of a Tennessee mountain boy who, during the Civil War, comes to realize that war is terrible no matter where one's sympathies lie."—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606045032
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

WILLIAM O. STEELE (1917-1979) published thirty-nine books over his long career, many of them award winners. A native of Franklin, Tennessee, he set many of his historical adventures in the hills and valleys where he grew up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Woot!

    Woot! I love this book! I'm doing it for my book report!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Perilous Road

    This was an amazing book! I had my students read this for a book report and they absolutely loved it! I highly recommend this adventure-packed book to any young adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Perilous Road

    My son absolutely loves this book! I read it to him every night and we both had fun reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    The Perilous Road

    The book, the Perilous Road, is about a boy who hates Yankees. Chris Brabson is a Yankee hater, like everyone else in his town. Except for his family. Chris is desperate to do anything to hurt the Yankees. One day, him and Silas try to ambush a group of Yankee soldiers passing by the road. The Yankees spot him and chase after him. He loses them in a bluff, and gets stuck. Jethro, his older brother, rescues him, and tells him he joined the Yankee army. Chris is bad, but it blows over. Later, he goes to a Yankee base, and tries to release all the mules. While he is shot at, he is joined by Silas and they release the horses. Later, as he passes by a Yankee wagon train, he tells Silas, who claims he will tell the Confederate general. After, Chris has second thoughts. Jethro was supposed to be a wagon driver. In a desperate attempt to save him, Chris goes to the wagon train and asks around. It becomes night, and Chris stays with the soldiers. He wakes up to the Confederates blowing up the wagons. He runs, and learns that war and killing are bad. This book was good, but was also lacking something. This book shows how a character can drastically change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

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    This book is about a war

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