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Paper Trail

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A powerful story about a boy's confrontation with identity, trust, betrayal, and survival.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published May 30th 2000)
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Rick Smith
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
It is about an OKC boy that sees his mom get killed by some people called "soldiers of God". They also killed his dog. His dad is an undercover FBI agent. He was supposed to tell the soldiers anything that was happening with the citizens. The three of them, as members of the Soldiers of God, have participated in weekend war games, gone to bible study, received training in wilderness survival skills, and participated in all the activities that are part of the life of their community. After his mo ...more
Anne Kat Alexander
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Pretty good book overall. A little confusing since a) it's written like Holes, with multiple parts all happening at once, except there are 3 instead of 2 and one is nonfiction, b) I had not and still have not (^_^*) read/researched anything on the non-fiction events and thus have absolutely no idea what they're talking about (which you know, really annoys me, particularly 'cause it's a fairly interesting subject and in the US and everything. even if I was under 5 years old while it was happening ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
A 15-year-old boy in Oklahoma hides from the Soldiers of God after witnessing the murder of his mother. Alternating chapters of survival story, clippings from actual articles and reports about antigovernment militias, and remembrances of growing up among the Soldiers of God, Gilbert tells a story that seems more frighteningly real than Gary Pausen's Hatchet books, or Cormier's After the First Death. It should appeal to fans of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game, or Robb White's Deathwatch ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
His father was an undercover FBI agent who had to report the Soldier's of God, or lives would be lost. While fleeing with his family, the boy sees the murder of his mother, and his father has to leave him in the woods. The boy struggles to stay ahead of the soldiers and survive until his father's return.
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
"The distinctive crack of a Sako TRG-21 sniper rifle shattered the glossy stillness of the April morning...
Silence. Worse than sounds...
He should look. Sometimes even Soldiers of God missed."
A hair-raising thriller of a boy caught up in the web of the Patriot movement of anti-government militias.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I could not turn the pages fast enough in this book! It is exciting and takes unexpected turns. Whenever I do an impromptu book talk, this is one I pull if the student wants a mystery that is filled with suspense and surprise. Highly recommended!
Jessica Parnell
Oct 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book was not a bok that i really liked. But if your a person who doesnt know where u are in life, cause you have some many obsticles.Then i would say this would be a book for you!
this is a great book and good for any reader
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Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is about a 15 year old boy & his family that were being attacked by soldiers. The family is running through the wood and they split up, mos was running another way being the distraction. The boy then got hurt ad is laying in the woods nearly dead.
A 15 year old boy and soldiers. The 15 yr old got separated from his family after being ambushed by the soldiers.
There is nothing is nothing I could relate to in this story. Me and the 15 yr boy are nearly the same age.
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Barbara Snow Gilbert is an attorney, mediator, and an award-winning author. As a political science major with a minor in art history, Ms. Gilbert studied in Florence, London, and Washington, D.C., and graduated with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Colorado College. She worked on various political staffs, including that of the Speaker of the House of the U.S. Representatives and the Governor o ...more
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