The Devil's Highway

Overview

In 1811, on the Natchez Road, fourteen-year-old Zeb finds ten-year-old Hannah, who has been kidnapped from her Choctaw people, and together they face natural and human threats with their combined skills and courage.

Stanley Applegate was the winner of the 1999 Georgia Author of the Year Award.

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Overview

In 1811, on the Natchez Road, fourteen-year-old Zeb finds ten-year-old Hannah, who has been kidnapped from her Choctaw people, and together they face natural and human threats with their combined skills and courage.

Stanley Applegate was the winner of the 1999 Georgia Author of the Year Award.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
It is 1811, and Zebulon "Zeb" D'Evereux finds himself alone on perhaps the most perilous byway in America. The Natchez Road (known later as the Natchez Trace) runs from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, in the Mississippi Territory. Robbers, horse thieves, and murderers are known to frequent the trail. When Zeb's grandfather disappears, Zeb has no choice but to travel the trail on his own, trying to trace Grampa's steps. He hooks up with Hannah, a ten-year-old, half-white, half-Choctaw Indian girl, who has recently escaped from the murderous gang who kidnapped her. Together, Zeb and Hannah risk their lives trying to locate their relatives. Along the way, they experience encounters with soldiers and Indians. The story is action-packed and well researched, with a fine afterword by the author in which he answers questions about the Natchez Trace. Black and white illustrations bring the action scenes to life.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8--A fast-paced story set against the backdrop of the Natchez Trace in the early 1800s. When Zeb's grandfather does not return from a horse-trading trip, the 14-year-old suspects foul play. He and his beloved horse, Christmas, take to the Natchez Trail, a bandit-infested 500-mile pathway connecting Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS. Zeb avoids the highway robbers who routinely stalk and ambush innocent travelers. He soon meets Hannah, a half-Choctaw girl who has escaped from a band of kidnapping thieves. Teaming up against the odds, the two dodge the outlaws, narrowly escape drowning while crossing the Tennessee River, and stumble upon a group of army officers who are out to apprehend the terrorizing gangs. When the youngsters eventually reach Hannah's tribe, things do not calm down. Broad strokes of historical details enrich the story line. Zeb and Hannah are able to sustain themselves, and the plot, with their pluck and determination. Zeb's daredevil passion for horse racing will amuse readers. An author's note answers historical questions. The story ends abruptly with Hannah being reunited with her parents. Zeb has not found his grandfather, leaving readers waiting for the sequel.--Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451845
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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