Rae Ann Parker lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her family. When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway and playing the piano and violin. The Devil’s Backbone is her first novel. For more information about the author, visit www.raeannparker.com
The Devil's Backboneby Rae Ann Parker
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David Baxter takes the blame for the graffiti on the school gym doors to keep his friend out of trouble and earns a three-day suspension. His dad, the juvenile judge, forces him to go on a roadtrip to redemption on the Natchez Trace Parkway. What his dad doesn’t know is that David meets a ghost carrying the last letter of Meriwether Lewis - the piece of evidence that may solve the 200-year-old mystery of Lewis’s death. Thanks to the ghost, David just might figure out how to relate to his dad and forgive his wayward mom.
- BN ID:
- Gamekeeper Press
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- Sold by:
- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 558 KB
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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The Devil’s Backbone is a cool mystery with lots of historical elements that make me want to go explore the Natchez Trace Parkway. Ms. Parker does a great job sharing snippets of what makes the Trace so unique and historical without letting the story get bogged down by it. David is a likeable character and his problems are very relatable--covering for his best friend, missing his mom who left to pursue her dreams, and trying to co-exist with his juvenile judge dad. The ghost was a cool addition and pulled together the present and the past perfectly. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I’ll definitely check out a few more after this one!
Rae Ann Parker's combination of modern adventure and historical ghosts on the legendary Natchez Trace make THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE an exciting read! While reconnecting with his father, a boy any reader can connect with tries to understand his mother. I especially loved the mystery mixed in the story about Meriwether Lewis' murder on the Trace. Highly recommend!
I really enjoyed reading The Devil's Backbone. There's plenty of angst as the main character learns to deal with his mother's leaving him and his father, and also the dilemma of what to about his best friend. Also, readers learn the history of the Natchez Trace in a most unique way.
Mrs. Parker's book is a great read. It gives lots of historical facts about the Trace and tells a great story of a son and fathers relationship with a unique twist. I would recommend it to everyone.
I loved Parker's book The Devil's Backbone. As a teacher, I could visualize many way to incorporate this novel into middle school curriculums. Parker skillfully weaves a historically accurate and modern picture of the Natchez Trace Parkway with the interesting story of an 8th grade boy who needs to reconnect with his father, a juvenile judge.