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The Perilous Road
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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Best Children's Books of the 1950s
Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction about the American Civil War
59th out of 90 books — 4 voters
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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.
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
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.
Mar 29, 2013 Teresa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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.