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1848. The Bondi family is leaving for a better life in America. But 15-year-old Anschl doesnt want to go. Hes found his lifes purpose in Vienna, fighting on the barricades against a tyrant king. In America, Anschl tries to put his past behind him, changing his name to August and seeking adventure aboard a Texas riverboat. But there is a new tyranny in his adopted land call ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Quindaro Press
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Clif Hostetler
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here's an action-packed true story that will compete well for the attention of young readers. An additional bonus is that readers will be left with an enhanced knowledge of some mid-nineteenth century history.

Firebrand tells the story of August Bondi (1833-1907) who as a young man seems to have had a propensity for ending up in the middle of a war of some sort. As a 15 year old student he took part in the early street demonstrations that started the 1848 Austrian Empire Revolution. Before things
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Bryttany Holovach
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Firebrand by Aaron Barnhart portrays a fictionalized story of anti-slavery activist August Bondi, starting in 1848 when his family moved from Vienna to America in hopes for a better life. August is reluctant but begins to look for any work that would hire an immigrant. As he continues to find better jobs away from his parents, August is told that “providence is throwing [him] a life vest. Take it. (26)” It is in America where August becomes an abolitionist. Set at a good pace and revealing a un ...more
Jim Ogle
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book to introduce people to the personal nature of the fight for liberty.
Melissa
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Historical fiction set in KS. Not bad.
Elizabeth Barnfield
August Bondi, a native Austrian who immigrated to the US in the mid 1800s, is the star of the new novel Firebrand by Aaron Barnhart. Firebrand is a fictionalized biography of the real August Bondi, an abolitionist who fought with John Brown during the Bleeding Kansas conflict. Barnhart's novel is based on Bondi's own autobiography, and is a modern rewrite of Lloyd Alexander's 1958 book August Bondi: Border Hawk.

Firebrand follows Bondi from Vienna, where he was involved in student protests again
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Jean
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Based on a true story, this book touches on the little known events surrounding the border war between Kansas and Missouri and the rise of abolitionist John Brown. The author does a good job of including many of the facts, names, locations, etc. but it is obvious that he is inexperienced as a writer for young adults and comes from a non-fiction, journalistic background. It is a great contribution to literature about the history of Kansas (and there is very little written about this time period f ...more
Coleen
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a relatively short book for youth who are old enough to understand the American Civil War and religious discrimination against Jews, as well as some other issues which are only briefly touched upon.

Well written, although the author admits that it was based on another book on Bondi, whose copyright had expired. This author updated the story somewhat. It is based on a true person and quite interesting. As much as I thought I knew about the Civil War, there were pieces in this book that add
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Noelle Walsh
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a good book. Telling the story of the American Civil War, and a side I, as a Canadian, had never seen or heard before, this book brings to light a more personal side to the conflict. If one is interested in the American Civil War, this book would be worth looking at to get a better idea of the people involved.


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Hi! I was a columnist for 15 years for the Kansas City Star. Then I went into the history business with my wife Diane Eickhoff. Together we wrote and published The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region.

In 2016 we launched a successful Kickstarter to publish a series of original historical nonfiction books for the Young Adult market. That s
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