The Perilous Road

The Perilous Road

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Overview


The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152052041
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Series: Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic Series
Edition description: 1-Simul
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 374,925
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author


WILLIAM O. STEELE (1917-1979) published thirty-nine books over his long career, many of them award winners. A native of Franklin, Tennessee, he set many of his historical adventures in the hills and valleys where he grew up.

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"This is one of Mr. Steele's best books, an engrossing, realistic story of a Tennessee mountain boy who, during the Civil War, comes to realize that war is terrible no matter where one's sympathies lie."—Publishers Weekly

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The Perilous Road 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chris is a confederate through and through. He discovers that war is more than a battle of ideas when he reports a vanguard of Yankees moving through the woods near his Tennessee home and finds that his brother is part of the Yankee troop. In his attempt to warn his brother, Chris meets the dreaded Yankees soldiers and learns how much all men have in common. Published in 1958 a recommend JF classic.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Yankees have come to his part of Tennessee and Chris isn't happy about it. They take his family's only horse and all the food they worked so hard to store for winter. He wants revenge, and in trying to gain it, realizes that he may be endangering his own brother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woot! I love this book! I'm doing it for my book report!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son absolutely loves this book! I read it to him every night and we both had fun reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, the Perilous Road, is about a boy who hates Yankees. Chris Brabson is a Yankee hater, like everyone else in his town. Except for his family. Chris is desperate to do anything to hurt the Yankees. One day, him and Silas try to ambush a group of Yankee soldiers passing by the road. The Yankees spot him and chase after him. He loses them in a bluff, and gets stuck. Jethro, his older brother, rescues him, and tells him he joined the Yankee army. Chris is bad, but it blows over. Later, he goes to a Yankee base, and tries to release all the mules. While he is shot at, he is joined by Silas and they release the horses. Later, as he passes by a Yankee wagon train, he tells Silas, who claims he will tell the Confederate general. After, Chris has second thoughts. Jethro was supposed to be a wagon driver. In a desperate attempt to save him, Chris goes to the wagon train and asks around. It becomes night, and Chris stays with the soldiers. He wakes up to the Confederates blowing up the wagons. He runs, and learns that war and killing are bad. This book was good, but was also lacking something. This book shows how a character can drastically change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I had my students read this for a book report and they absolutely loved it! I highly recommend this adventure-packed book to any young adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a war