A Dangerous Promise

A Dangerous Promise

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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It's 1861, and although Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of 16, he and his best friend Todd secretly join up with the Second Kansas Infantry and become army drummer boys. Mike's dreams of glory end when he's wounded at the bloody Battle of Wilson's Creek and must begin a dangerous adventure behind enemy lines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307827531
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/27/2013
Series: Orphan Train Adventures
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 451,646
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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A Dangerous Promise (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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DallasFabulously More than 1 year ago
It's 1861 a boy named Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of sixteen . He dreams of becoming a drummer in the Union army . Mike and his friend Todd secretly go to Kansas city to become drummers for the Union army and lead their troops to battle. Him and his friend Todd take an orphan carriage to the city were the battle is going to start in Wilson's Creek. The officer is impress with the skills of Mike and Todd and let them join the army. They are a half hour away from going to battle in Wilson's Creek. Mike must lead the army to battle. Will he make it with his friend Todd? Or we he fail and disappoint his father... Reviewed By: Enrique stupidly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is war glorious? In the eyes of 12 year old Mike Kelly and his friend, Todd Blakely, they just couldn't wait to join the 2nd Kansas Infantry. They soon discovered, however, that fighting was a lot less glamorous than they had anticipated. As Mike sees family members pitted against each other, the atrocities acted out by both Union and Confederate soldiers, and the death of his friend right before his eyes, Mike learns how horrible the fighting really is, and the wounds, both physical and emotional, it can cause. As Mike seeks to rejoin his unit after being separated from them in battle, throughout which he is trying to keep a promise to his fallen friend, he learns valuable lessons about war, friendship, honor, sacrifice, and duty. As a Social Studies teacher, I would recommend this book for any educator, parent, or student who wants a read full of action, danger, and suspense. Joan Lowery Nixon has masterfully given all of this, while weaving in the facts of the time period, and life lessons that are invaluable truths for children and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Kelly and his best friend, Todd, dream of being drummers in the Union Army, so Mike and Todd secretly train themselves the calls. Once they knew all the calls, they leave and try to join the Second Kansas, without permission from their parents. Mike and Todd are almost thirteen, and to join they have to be sixteen years old, Mike admits that he is not sixteen, but he didn¿t have to because he was signing up as a drummer. Todd said that if he died, Mike would bring his pocket watch, which is very valuable to him, to Todd sister, Emily. In a battle, a Confederate soldier stabs Todd in the chest¿ and Todd dies. Mike is injured, and taken care of, after his leg is fine, he left. Mike now has to achieve what he promised. A confederate soldier takes Todd¿s pocket watch, Mike now has to get it back and bring it to Todd¿s sister. Mike goes on a dangerous mission, and even in enemy areas. When Mike rejoins the Second Kansas, he gets an Honorable Discharge, still, Mike wont ever give up trying to get Todd¿s pocket watch back and achieving what he promised to Todd.J A Dangerous Promise was a very good book. There was a lot of action and thrilling scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Mike took a deep breath and tried to concentrate on the drumbeats, but he couldn't ignore the sight of the dead all around him, some with gaping wounds in their chest, some with parts of their heads blown away. The most terrifying sight was the wounded soldiers who were still alive, some writhing and screaming in agony. No one at that moment could respond to their cries.' Twelve-year-old Mike Kelly, an orphan, and his friend Todd, decide to run away from home to join the Union Army. They are too young to fight; but they join the Second Kansas Infantry as their drummer and bugle player. The first battle of the boy's experience was the Battle of Wilson's Creek, where Mike gets shot in the leg and Todd is brutally killed. As Mike is lying on the ground in pain, he sees a man steal Todd's prized pocket watch from his uniform. Mike earlier made Todd the promise that if anything happened to him he would make sure to return the watch to his sister. Mike must travel back through enemy territory in order to retrieve the watch and fulfill his promise. Will Mike return Todd's watch and see his family again? You'll have to read the book, A Dangerous Promise, to find out. This story is wonderful. I would recommend this book to all you boy war fans out there. On a scale from one to ten, one being the least and ten being the most, I think this book deserves a nine plus. My favorite part of the book is the Battle of Wilson's Creek. You can't stop reading about it because it explains so many horrid and realistic events. I am mainly talking about the part where Mike Kelly is drumming and he looks up and sees people with their heads, legs, and arms blown off. Worse yet, many wounded are screaming for their family. Joan Lowry Nixon did a great job on this wonderful historical fiction war story, by making history come to life.