The Staircase of Fire

The Staircase of Fire

by Ben Woodard

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BN ID: 2940158838606
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press
Publication date: 05/25/2018
Series: Shakertown Adventure , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 400 KB

About the Author

An adventurer and storyteller, Ben has walked on the Great Wall of China, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. He now writes spellbinding stories for boys and girls.
Ben grew up practically living in the local library. Reading was his escape and the library was his portal. He loved adventure stories and he decided to write the kind of stories he remembered. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendships that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.
Ben began writing for children in 2008 and has completed picture books, middle grade and young adult stories. Ben lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Lynda.

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The Staircase of Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kissablysweetone 10 months ago
In his short life, Tom had encountered many things he didn't agree with. He did his best to just deal with it, keep his head low and move forward. When circumstances change, Tom know he must get out of town. With no money and only a handful of friends, can he do it? Racism, maturity, love and family are all included in this book. It's filled with historical information. This book is compelling reading. I found the writing to be wonderful in this easy read book. The characters have been developed and the plot easy to follow. Mr. Woodard handles the racism in a way that doesn't inflame the story. This book will keep your attention throughout and you'll be surprised by the ending. Another great read from Ben Woodard. I didn't find any issues. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a must read for all ages. A copy of the book was provided by the author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
Can Tom overcome his secret demons, and use his strength to help others? In writing this exciting adventure story, the author takes his reader back to Kentucky in 1923, a time when racial prejudice was rampant and the Ku Klux Klan were very much at large… The main character in the story is a fourteen year old boy called Tom. He lives in Shakertown in Mercer County with his granddad, and is an orphan. The tragedies of his life so far, and the memories associated with this have left his mind tortured with guilt and regret. Tom is an Irish catholic and as such is subject to some of the racial hatred which is so apparent against the Negro’s in his town. Perhaps this is why he feels so sorry for the way Rose and her son James are treated when they go to the courthouse to enrol to vote. Rose knows she has the right to vote using the 19th Amendment, however not in Shakertown, here Negro’s are not yet equal to white folk. Watching the mother and son being ridiculed and taken back to their wagon by the town’s deputies, and not helping them, makes the guilt burns deep into Tom’s soul, he is so ashamed of his cowardliness. This shame turns to absolute horror when days later he is waiting to say goodbye to Rose and James as they head off for a new life elsewhere. Instead of escaping the hate, he witnesses a horrific incident which they are subject to, and the memory of it changes his life forever! He is just starting high school, and life must go on. The only way he can cope is to supress what he witnessed, and being your typical young lad he has a mind full of girls, and football. However the recent guilt and past memories remain in the back of his mind and haunt his dreams. He knows he must find the legendary Shaker gold, hidden somewhere in the town during the Civil War, and escape the town forever. But can escaping a place mean you can escape the memories too? Fired with determination, and with the help of his cousin Will, Tom begins his search to find the map to the treasure, but it was hidden so long ago and so much has changed since then. Will the boys find the treasure? If they do, will the money be answer to everything, or will it bring its own demons, after all money is sometimes known to be the route of all evil. So many questions, and the answers can be found in this exciting rollercoaster of an adventure. Through Tom, his friends, family and the townsfolk we discover what life was really like during this period of time for people of color in America. An inspiring adventure where the reader discovers that strength of character, the belief in what is right, and facing your demons, is the only answer to true inner peace – Highly recommended.