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Chase the Wild Pigeons: A Novel of the Civil War

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The Civil War South in 1863 is desperate and dangerous. For Joe, a 12-year-old boy suddenly alone and 600 mile from home, it's a nightmare come true. This adventure story is a tale of a special friendship that only comes along once in a lifetime. Joe, who is white, and Peter, sixteen and a free Black, become unlikely friends and learn to depend on each other as they try to ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by (first published November 1st 2011)
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Another surprising freebie!

Historically accurate, sweet and painful.

Ok, here is my quick summary and jumble of a mess review:

Two boys, one white (Joe) the other black (Peter) find themselves alone and traveling/running from Arkansas to Virginia to find Joe's father who was last known to be fighting for the confederates. They travel through war torn states encountering many people, witnessing so much pain and injustice to bring Joe back home to the Shenandoah Valley and hopefully his father, who
Jan 21, 2012 Cortney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from a first reads giveaway. Let me say first that I absolutely LOVED this book. The triumph and terror these young boys faced during the civil war is unimaginable. I found myself cheering them on, almost crying for them. My heart broke, I laughed out loud and I was filled with anger and rage throughout the story. Not too many books can have people go through all those emotions and back again, but this one did. It was a great story of survival, the best of friends b ...more
Virginia Myers
Jul 10, 2012 Virginia Myers rated it really liked it

This is a good book about two boys (one a mischievous white boy and the other one a black boy who feels a duty to watch over the white boy) journey by foot across the war ravaged Southern states during the Civil War. The reason for their journey is that the white boy has been staying with an uncle in Arkansas and is desparate to go back home to Virginia to be with his father who is a confederate soldier. The war has left a path of destruction and deprivation on both the land and the people that
Melody Burgess-bodnar
Aug 11, 2012 Melody Burgess-bodnar rated it it was amazing

I loved this book although there were several instances of incorrect usage of words and misspellings,,hello, where were the proofreaders and/or editors? The relationship between Joe and Peter was endearing and the way they each felt they were needed by the other was moving. The author did a good job of depicting the horrors of war and the treatment of slaves. I can't help but hope there is a sequel coming. I would like to know if Peter finds his way back to Zuey, then home to Pennsylvania safel
Jan 15, 2012 Bobby rated it really liked it
Every time I thought this book was falling into a standard pattern something would unexpectedly occur and change the pace back to a decent read. I liked the story being much more about the civilian population's trials during the Civil War with just an inkling of soldiering. The Joe character was a bit over the top and his extemporaneous meetings with a couple of top Generals might have been tempered a bit. But a well written story.
Jul 17, 2013 Peggy rated it liked it
I loved the story, especially the character of Peter, but I didn't think it was particularly well written.
Took place during the Civil War and was about 2 boys, 1 black 1 white who were trying to make it from Arkansas to Virg.. Related their journey and the devastation of the War as well as interesting characters along the way.
Sep 08, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
A great view of the Civil War from a very human perspective.
Kelly Cravener
Just WOW!

Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down until you're done! I read it within 24 hours! This book is engrossing, exciting and you feel like you are with the characters on their journey. The characters are likable and you feel as if you're experiencing the war yourself.
May 15, 2012 LemonLinda rated it really liked it
This was a really good Civil War book highlighting the tragic nature of war in general and the Civil War specifically. The fact that it was family against family, friend against friend makes it even tougher. How can a thoughtful, reasonable person turn so vitriolic against a neighbor or a brother? It made no sense yet it happened and this book focuses on the human side of the war and how it affected the average "Joe".

The story was sweet and heartwarming, yet it clearly portrayed the terrors and
Mary Ann
Two teens, one 13 and white, the other 16 and black, leave Arkansas after a Civil War battle in their town and the deaths of an uncle and mother to reach the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. In their journey they come in contact with every facet of human integrity. Through their trials they remain loyal to one another. Peter's enduring faith in God is inspiring despite the hatred that he encounters because of his color and Joe seems to be a perfect example of what today would be labeled ADHD. A pa ...more
Richard Kutz
Apr 22, 2016 Richard Kutz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yup, it's good.

Loved the way the author kept the story charged with action and emotion.
I look forward to reading more of the author.
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My name is John J Gschwend Jr. My friends call me Jody. I'm from a small town in Arkansas and my stories reflect my southern and country raising. I like history, the wild outdoors, primitive skills and unexplained phenomena. If you read my novels and short stories you will discover a little bit--well maybe a lot--of this in there.

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