When Tom reads an old family memoir from his grandma's cedar chest he becomes intrigued by his ancestors' accounts of their struggle to form one unified family from two shattered families. They face man-made and natural dangers while they battle to survive smoldering conflicts in "Bleeding Kansas" that will soon erupt into the bloodiest war in American history - the Civil War. With the help of family and friends, past and present, Tom gradually comes to terms with the pain and possibilities of his own family.
HEARTLAND was a finalist in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop.
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This is a delightfully entertaining yet, inspiring novella. Warren Bull is a talented writer/story teller. The YA adults will love this light story of a youth, Tom, trying to adjust to his parents divorce and a new step-parent. His grandmother was hospitalized so gifted him with keys to a very special hidden treasure... One that will help him see life differently and discover what real treasures lies within. He shares this adventure with his best friend, Pat, who soon is caught up into the adventures they experience. The Title and Cover does not do justice to the story. They do not depict the subject matter fittingly, although both do have an element of portrayal. However, this will not detract from the rating. There was never a time the story dragged. It was fast-moving and fluctuated between events expertly. The characters were developed well and the background scenes described well. This is definitely worthy of the Five Stars rating my review gives to this book. This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review and rating, of which I have given.