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The Perilous Road

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The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1958)
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Brent Bowling
Jul 06, 2017 Brent Bowling rated it it was amazing
I would give this 100 stars if I could.
Jen
Jan 19, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
Another read to the kids aloud for their history curriculum. I thought this was a good book. It did a good job of showing the many facets of war, sides, me right, you wrong, etc. It gets pretty graphic in the second to last chapter, but I think it was done well. Even a good read for grown ups who swear up and down their views are the right ones. A good reminder people are good and have good intentions on both sides of the fence. Well, mostly. I don't actually think every human always has good in ...more
Cheryl
May 13, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Chris is a confederate through and through. He discovers that war is more than a battle of ideas when he reports a vanguard of Yankees moving through the woods near his Tennessee home and finds that his brother is part of the Yankee troop. In his attempt to warn his brother, Chris meets the dreaded Yankees soldiers and learns how much all men have in common. Published in 1958 a recommend JF classic.
Sue
I read and listened to this book concurrently and the narrator did a great job with the small part that I actually listened to, as I ended up reading most of it. The story is very good and a powerful story for young people to read. It involves a teen boy near Franklin, Tennessee who hates the Yankees, then finds they are just regular folks when forced into close proximity with several soldiers. His hate turns to confusion and then understanding. It has the moral that war is not the way to solve ...more
Leslie
Set during the Civil War. Chris is a young boy in Tennessee and he hates the Yankees. An up-close and personal glimpse into the Civil War--a very sad time.
Rebekah Higley
Mar 23, 2017 Rebekah Higley rated it really liked it
It was enjoyable. It had history in it and good characters.
Melody
Mar 01, 2017 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read with My Brother Sam is Dead
Isaac
Nov 17, 2016 Isaac rated it it was amazing
Personal review
I really like the time period in the book because it is in the past. I love that it talks about the civil war and how it describes what happened to like southerners who supported the north.
Summary
Chris hates the north because they keep stealing food from everyone in the south. He finds out that they stole all the food from his house also so he decides to ambush the small amount of northern people there with Silas. Chris gets chased by men on horse back. He finds a cliff to hang o
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Darlene
I read this historical fiction novel aloud to my children, which won the 1959 Newbery Honor Award.

The story takes place in the 1860s in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the time of the American Civil War. Chris Brabson is ten years old, and he is horrified when his older brother, Jethro, decides to join the Union Army. Chris hates the Yankees for taking their food supplies and livestock and he rebels a bit himself by setting the mules and horses free to try to make it harder for the Yanks. Some of
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Rosa Cline
4 star

This was an award winning children's book. what a nice book that will keep this type of story alive. the type of story that children would sit around and listen to their grandparents tell that they heard their grandparents tell. All told from a pre teen boy view point. When the fighting of the Civil War came close to home and his older brother went and joined the fighting he ran to warn him about the approaching enemy. But he ended up in enemy camps. After watching, visiting and being with
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Rosa Cline
This was an award winning children's book. what a nice book that will keep this type of story alive. the type of story that children would sit around and listen to their grandparents tell that they heard their grandparents tell. All told from a pre teen boy view point. When the fighting of the Civil War came close to home and his older brother went and joined the fighting he ran to warn him about the approaching enemy. But he ended up in enemy camps. After watching, visiting and being with the o ...more
Monica Fastenau
Jan 16, 2015 Monica Fastenau rated it liked it
Read the full review on my blog: http://newberyandbeyond.com/newbery-r...

It’s a somewhat simplistic story: a young boy hates the Northern army but soon discovers that most of them are just like him and his family–hungry, cold, and wanting to go home and stop all this fighting. But it works. This book captures the feeling of being a kid, old enough to form strong opinions, but too young to see others’ perspectives. The Southern accent portrayed in the dialogue is also spot on–and I usually hate w
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Cindy
Aug 01, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-reads, tween
Well written, close look through the eyes of a tween during the Civil War. He wants to prove himself, gets led astray by an older friend, sees the hatred of his neighbors and regrets it when he thinks he causes a raid against those he has come to know as the enemy. Illustrates the complexities and tragedy of war, hatred and the desire to do what's right all while easily understood by those 10 years old and up (caution for those on the young side, as it is about war and has a desire to kill other ...more
Lisa
Dec 25, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
A great coming-of-age story for young people about 14-year-old Chris Brabson from Tennessee who, in 1863, after watching Union soldiers take his family's horse and crops, finds himself hating the Yankees. Things become even more confusing when his own beloved brother decides to join the Union army. Jethro, his hatred festering, decides to take revenge on the Yankees and become a spy for the Confederates. When he discovers that his own brother might be in the wagon train that the Confederates are ...more
Teresa
Captures the conflicts of a civil war beautifully. 11-year old Tennesseean Chris resents Yankee pilfering of the food he's worked so hard to grow and gather; when his older brother joins the Union army, Chris is angry and ashamed. His efforts to get back at the Yankees bring him to a full experience of the horrors of war, and of the humanity of both sides. And has he caused his brother's death? In a relatively short book, over the course of a few days, Steele states his case: war makes people do ...more
Jill
Feb 14, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor
Enjoyable read. The author really goes for it terms of writing in a dialect found in the mountains of Tennessee, one I have not encountered on many occasions. I can't speak to its authenticity, but I can say that the author's writing of regional dialect is well done. It would be easy for the writing to be overdone in that sense--in many books the stylized language becomes a speed bump and serves to alienate the reader. Instead, William O. Steele seamlessly integrates the regional language in a w ...more
Melinda
Jul 30, 2013 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor
A potent tale of a Confederate young man who quickly realizes how human the Union enemy is. This story both describes the loss and depletion the Southern residents endured as the Northern troops scavenged through their farmlands as well as the depravity the Union soldiers experienced as supplies ran seriously low. A commendable book detailing an honest perception of the effects of the Civil War.
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 Thomas Bell rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
Well, it was okay. It is about a boy in the hills of Tennessee during the Civil War. He hates the Yankees, and he hates how they stole all their food and their horse and how his brother went to join their army and how they ruined everything.

Anyway, the boy tries to do what he can to fight the Yanks, and he is lucky to have survived all of the things he tried. What he does learn though is that there are both good people and bad people on both sides of the conflict.
Nicholas Romash
Oct 14, 2013 Nicholas Romash rated it liked it
The book 'The Perilous Road' was an okay book. Like I thought it was good it's just they made it to short and was a bad ending. The book in the beginning and middle. Some of the description made feel like you were there. Also it gave you what people felt for the Civil War. It also described what hardships the citizens went through. So if you like history, the Civil War, or if you just like action pack adventures then this would be good.
Kim
Jun 25, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
I read this book with my boys as part of our study of the Civil War. They enjoyed the action in the story. We had great discussions about the big changes in the attitudes/prejudices of the main character, a bitter Southern tween boy. The book was well-written with rich vocabulary and dialog that didn't go over their heads. They gave it 4 stars.
Kristen
Nov 25, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor, 2015
A Newbery Honor book. It got off to a slow start for me, but then I found myself drawn into the main character's development from bitterness to greater understanding. It still isn't really a 4 star book, but 3.5.
Lyd Stew
Mar 06, 2014 Lyd Stew rated it really liked it
What a great moral message of honesty and courage among the realities of war. This would be a great book for young boys, providing some great discussion opportunities on how to overcome hate and anger. It was a really quick read with a lot of good packed in.
Valerie Basham
Jun 30, 2015 Valerie Basham rated it it was amazing
A very good book about the Civil War, more specifically, about Tennessee in those days. It's an easy read. It will, perhaps, be more interesting to boys than girls, because the protagonist is a boy. I highly recommend it.
Foster
Jul 09, 2016 Foster rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. My favorite part was when the big battle began. The book was about a kid who hated the Yankees so much that he wanted to destroy there big depot. One thing I found interesting about it was he had to chase his friend through the woods to tell him something.
Eli Muehlich
Dec 15, 2013 Eli Muehlich rated it really liked it
This book was great it told a really good story about the war. The ending was great and how he found out that everything he though was true wasn't.
But when he thought that his brother died was said but luckily his brother was still in training came.
Lori
Oct 05, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-lit, 2012
Warning to anyone wanting their kids to read this (or read to them): chapter 13 is pretty graphic.
Aspen
Feb 08, 2009 Aspen rated it really liked it
I'm reading this one in class and it's pretty good.....it's around the time of the civil war....it can get intense! It's not boring I can tell you that!
Christy
The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.

Great example of an unreliable narrator.
Dawn
Oct 06, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it
This book is a great middle-grade "thinker". A young man has an eye opening experience during the civil war. This story was heart-warming.
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