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This powerful novel is one of the most perceptive tellings of the Civil War experience. This book is more than the moving story of a Kentucky mountain boy who fights to save the Union. Even the Civil War itself is but an epic stage for the novel's main business--the testing and maturation of a hero as American as Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 19th 1993 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 1903)
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John
Oct 11, 2010 John rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mark Twain types. Civil war fictional readers interested in local-color.
Recommended to John by: Judy
Shelves: re-read, civil-war
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Peter P
This 1903 novel of a boy, Chad Buford, coming of age in Kentucky before and during the U.S. Civil War is a minor classic and was best seller in its time, according to some the firt to reach a million copies. My father had me read it while I was in high school, and I've lately returned to it with pleasure, and give it five stars. Its author, John Fox Jr, knows his state, its landscapes, and how it was torn by the Civil War. Orphaned, mountain boy Chad, and Jack, his sheep dog, flee a hated neighb ...more
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Chadwick Buford is a Kentucky foundling with the unnatural luck to keep getting complete strangers to take him and raise him for a bit. After his foster parents die, Chad is taken in by the Turner family. Young daughter Melissa Turner falls in love with him.

When Chad is separted from the Turners, he's then taken in by Major Buford. Although Chad doesn't know much about his own family past, the Major believes Chad is the decendent of a long lost relative of the man's. Chad makes friends with the
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Jewel
My copy of this book was published in 1903, hard bound. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a Kentucky backwoods lad, Chad and his dog Jack. Set pre-civil war and during the war, it covers a time of political turmoil, issues that pit families and friends against each other and follows Chad through the war as he changes from naive to sophisticated and a leader. Rich language and some romance also.
Bill Lively
John Fox spent time in the Kingdom Come area talking to people and listening to their stories. Later, in his books, he included many of these stories. His described a culture and society of Appalachia that no longer exists.
Kim Malavey
My 87 yr. old father told me he remembered this book from his early childhood. He said his mom read to them (5boys) every night until they fell asleep. This is the book he really remembered.
I enjoyed it. I loved the rich language and the story.
This would be a great family book.
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Cathy Houston
a story of Kentucky in the period before and during the Civil War. Depicks the Brother against brother struggle in this border state.
Diane
This was just a beautiful book set just before and during the Civil War. Something about the way the author wrote had a very calming effect on me. (I felt kind of like John Boy Walton was doing the narration in my head.) In the beginning we meet an orphan boy named Chad and his dog, Jack, as they wander the hills of Kentucky in search of a home. It's a story of love, war, friendship and beauty. I would recommend waiting to read the Foreward until after reading the book. I felt that it gave away ...more
Andria
I liked this book, it was thought provoking and good. The movie wasn't bad either, pretty true I thought. It was one of my grandfather's faverites. Copyright of the one I read was 1903 by charles scribner's and sons new york...1904. Hardback with 404 pgs.
Judy
I read this book when I was a child. It made a deep impression on me. I would like to read it again to see how it is from an adult point of view. I boys life in (Appalatia?)with his gog Jack.

Chuck Slaughter
I first read this book when I was in the 6th grade and have read it again a number of times over my lifetime. It is one of my all time favorites.
Suzanne
I really enjoyed this book - great story about Civil War and it's affect on the state of Kentucky especially.
Eawold
Excellent read. True book about God's country!
Ashley Lawson
Easily one of my favorite books of all times!!!
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John Fox Jr. (1862-1919), American author wrote the Civil-War based The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903).

John William Fox was born on 16 December 1862 in Stony Point, the heart of Bluegrass country in Bourbon County, Kentucky. The prominent Fox family was large and close knit; John had four full brothers and two sisters, and three half-brothers from his father's first wife who had died in ch
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