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A Dangerous Promise (Orphan Train Adventures #4)

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The long-awaited continuation of the immensely popular Orphan Train Quartet, a series that has already won numerous awards, including two Golden Spur Awards. In A Dangerous Promise, Mike travels to the front lines of the Civil War to keep a dangerous promise made to a slain friend.
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Mar 28, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Fast paced, intricate look at life as a Civil War soldier. Mike Kelly, almost 13, runs away with his friend Todd in order to become a drummer boy. Throughout the book, Mike grows from a naive boy to a seasoned soldier as he tries to keep his promise to his fallen friend.
It is still a good read focusing on the horrors of war both on and off the battlefield.
A Dangerous Promise by Joan Lowery Nixon, continues the story of Michael Kelly. Michael was a member of the Orphan Train sent west from New York City with his 3 sisters and 2 brothers by their mother.

Mike was first adopted by some terrible people, but eventually he left that place and was taken in by Captain Joshua Taylor and his wife, Louisa. Mike lives in Ft Leavenworth, KS and when the Union Army needs soldiers, Mike decides (along with his good friend, Todd), that he's going to enlist. Troub
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May 24, 2012 Sam Parry rated it liked it
In A Dangerous Promise the protagonist is a 12 year old boy who runs away to join the Union army. The plot of this book is very exiting with many close calls. Mike Kelly and his friend Todd are drummers in the Union army. Their first battle is at the Battle of Bull Run. Todd dies in Battle and Mike has to fullfill a promise to Todd. Mike has to return Todd's watch to his sister. An evil Confederate soilder steals the watch and Mike is forced to make a difficult adventure to reclaim the very ...more
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Aug 05, 2011 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years I forgot what this book was called. Thanks to the power of Google and Goodreads I have found it after at least nine years of searching. Just thinking of this book brings back other times, other times of sitting down on the floor of the children's section of the library, legs crossed and mind immersed in the pages that shaped me into the person I am today.

A Dangerous Promise was the first book to introduce me to the utter brutality and senselessness of war, and I highly recommended it.
War's never fun, and the boy in this book learns that the hard way, during the very harsh American civil war. At the beginning, he's thinking "adventure" and how he can help. He learns soon enough how wrong he is, and ages beyond his years to deal with it all. Many lessons in the book can also apply to today. The book left me wanting more at the end, which slightly surprised me, given the morose (war) material.
Sep 01, 2008 Duane rated it liked it
The saga continues for Mike who is a past Orphan Train child. Mike wants to join the Union Army as a drummer and soon finds that all those dreams of fighting aren't anything like the reality of battle. Mike learns the glamour of battle isn't anything like the honesty of it. A great read for Civil War buffs.
Jul 29, 2016 X rated it liked it
This book in the series seemed to go much faster but I felt like it missed out on some details that should have been explained more. So much so that I had to search to see if I had read them out of order. But like the rest the author is so good at explaining the difficulties of daily life in this time period..... Politics, religion, society, classes.
I love this series, but I especially liked this book because at the time I read it, I was on a Civil War kick. The story does have some heart wrenching scenes, but considering the setting, it would come across as rather fake if it didn't.
May 16, 2015 Jacque rated it really liked it
We enjoyed this book and were so glad that momma Kelly was reunited with here children again-even if we were undecided on where we wanted the children to live! MD gave it 5 stars. CN 4, MK 3 stars.
Oct 28, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
This one was a little lacking in plot. I did like the civil War history in it though. Not my favorite one of the series.
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This was an exciting book that urges you onward with every page. It has happy endings, but also has sad endings. Either way, I was fully content with what happened.
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of ...more
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