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Backcountry Fury: A Sixteen-Year-Old Patriot in the Revolutionary War Paperback – June 1, 2010


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Parkway Publisher (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597124095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597124096
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Tony Zeiss is president of Central Piedmont Community College, which serves 70,000 students. He was named the 2005 CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees. He lives in Charlotte, NC.

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Young children can read and understand it.
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Dr. Zeiss has a passion for the history of the Revolutionary War and the passion is certainly captured through the pages of this book.
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The story's ability to weave historical fact into a narrative that kept my attention speaks to the value of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry J. Raymond on July 8, 2012
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This book is filled with the stories of my kinsmen! Thomas Young's uncle, Colonel Thomas Brandon, is my Gr-Gr-Great Grandfather, which makes Thomas Young and Christopher Brandon my cousins. We are also related, by marriage, to the members of the Kennedy family mentioned in the book. Because of my relationship to Colonel Brandon I am very familiar with most of the incidents described. I know from my prior research and visiting the battlefields that Dr Zeiss has portrayed the war in the back country very accurately, as seen through the eyes of this teenager. To call this work an historical novel is a misnomer. Everything in it actually happened. Dialogue was invented and added to bring the story to life, and masterfully done.
The British defeats at Kings Mountain and The Cowpens are credited with persuading Cornwallis to abandon Carolina, which led directly to his retreat to Yorktown and subsequent entrapment and surrender. Thomas Young and his descendants (all of them my kin) can be proud of the part he played in bringing our struggle for independence to a successful conclusion.
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This book is very accurate and exciting as it depicts the hardships and dangers that were faced by those brave, rag-tag, ill-equipped men and women who stood up against the finest army in the world at that time - and won. Seen through the eyes of a young 16-year-old boy, this book accurately describes many of the major battles on the American Revolution that were fought in the backcountry of South Carolina. Most school children have always learned about the American Revolution in the northern colonies where the British seemed to be winning. Eventually, General Sir Henry Clinton, tiring of the long war, sent Lord Cornwallis to South Carolina to take advantage of the number of Tories who lived there and to "win the hearts of the people." Cornwallis seemed to find that task easy, at first, when Charleston, and then Camden, fell to the British, but when the fighting went into the backcountry, into the land of the backwoodsmen, it became a different story. Cornwallis soon learned that he was fighting a "total war," with men, women, and children taking a stand that would soon end the reign of the British in America.
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Thomas Young was 15 and barefooted when he marched up the slopes of Kings Mountain on 7 October 1780 and participated in the brutal battle that Thomas Jefferson called “The turn in the tide of success” for the American revolution.. Although Tony Zeiss uses a fictional account to tell his story of this young Patriot who was a major in the militia before his 18th birthday, Zeiss doesn’t stray far from the facts about this extraordinary young man and his feats.

“Backcountry Fury” explores the emotions of a young teen and his mothers when he chooses to go off to war with other family members in the South Carolina patriot militia, and follows his tribulations as he rises through the ranks in the final two years of the war.

Thanks to Zeiss’s detailed and breezy writing style, the reader feels as though he is riding with Young and his compatriots as they struggle to rid South Carolina’s backcountry of British domination.

Although written for young adults, “Backcountry Fury” is entertaining and informative to all ages as it presents a story mostly ignored in Revolutionary War histories. I enjoyed it as much as my grandchildren did.
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More fact than fiction, this is exciting history of the American Revolution in the SC Back Country. Great educational tool
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By BrightM on March 18, 2013
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This story takes place over a two-year period. The oldest son is killed by the British and the next son must avenge his death.

The only reason I gave this book four stars is because of Mr. Zeiss's poor usage of pronouns. If he had used incorrect pronouns in the words of the characters, that's one thing, but when it's background information there is no need to use the wrong pronoun.
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By SBeels on November 24, 2012
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Thomas Young's resiliant and effervescent story could not be portrayed by any other as Dr. Tony Zeiss does in this wonderful book. This book not only hooks you on the action but the historical attention to detail. A must read for all young, old, and even the busy person in the middle. You will do yourself a service by picking this book up today.
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