Winter Danger

Winter Danger

by William O. Steele, Richard J. Brewer
     
 

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It is going to be the coldest winter ever, and Caje’s dad can see the signs. Squirrels flood the trees, heading south. Deer have their winter pelts months early. And game in the woods is so scarce that Caje and his dad go hungry as often as not. Caje’s dad only knows nature. He’s a “woodsy” – a hunter, a scavenger, a wild man who…  See more details below

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It is going to be the coldest winter ever, and Caje’s dad can see the signs. Squirrels flood the trees, heading south. Deer have their winter pelts months early. And game in the woods is so scarce that Caje and his dad go hungry as often as not. Caje’s dad only knows nature. He’s a “woodsy” – a hunter, a scavenger, a wild man who lseeps in caves and hollow trees and doesn’t like other people. He’s raised Caje to be like him. Which is why Caje is so confused when his dad abandons him at his uncle’s just as the cruel winter closes in. As the food supplies grow meager, Caje has to learn to think of other people, and become part of something he’s never known before: a family.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

"Distinguished not only for its clear evocation of the sense of physical danger, of hunger and cold, but also because Mr. Steele makes us feel deeply the emotions of a boy."--The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593160418
Publisher:
Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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