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A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 11 - 18|
- Book 1 of 2 in A Shakertown Adventure (2 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children's writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children's stories in 2008 and has written picture books, middle grade and young adult. Stories of adventure and wonder. Stories that inspire and educate, and, most of all, entertain.
Ben lives in Kentucky with his wife Lynda.
Top Customer Reviews
Young Adult novels need to ride a fine line between being accessible to a younger audience while at the same time not insulting their intelligence. It's even harder to do so while writing in a time period that may not captivate the younger audiences of today. So how did this YA adventure do?
When I first started this book about 14 year old Tom and his cousin Will it had a certain air about it that wanted me to compare it to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, or even later, The Hardy Boys, with a little bit of Goonies thrown in.
The first thing I should point out, is that even though the book takes place in 1923, it really doesn't matter with the exception of a couple characters and the way everyone speaks. So that shouldn't be a deterrent, which is great because this book is a very good book, and a great way to introduce young adults into adventure. As an added bonus, if they read the other sections, they will find that these locals really do or did exist! However, if some strong language is not your thing you may want to steer clear.
The language in the book isn't over the top, it isn't thrown in just be thrown in, it's there because that's how they talk. Ben Woodard does a great job of making sense of this. He didn't change the book to suit his needs, the characters spoke as they should have. Yes, they are teenage boys, but really, we all know teenage boys when away from parents talk like that.
The book is a short book clocking in at around 130 pages, so there isn't a whole lot of individual character development, but the dynamic between the two boys is well written and the interactions between them and the other characters ring true and are very natural.Read more ›
These two boys are as much fun as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and as smart as Joe and Frank Hardy. Tom is the reader with a mysterious past. Will is the levelheaded, natural born hero. Their sidekicks, Helen and James, are full of spunk and good humor. A teen adventure sprinkled with Southern charm and historical facts, I was hooked on this Shakertown adventure from the first page!
I found this novel to be reminiscent of the Hardy Boy series, except it is geared toward an older audience. The characters are well-thought out and realistic and the author gives the reader a good sense of the time period. Ben Woodard is an excellent writer who knows how to plot and plan a great adventure story.
Woodard chose to set his story in a real Kentucky town that is now a historic village. He also coaches elements of his story in actual history that can't help but to educate the young reader. Woodward handles the sense of setting beautifully. I have not been to Shakertown but have been to Harrodsburg and Danville and can picture perfectly the acres of farm operated by Will's father and the leafy riverbanks where the adventure plays out.
Tom and Will are independent in a way that modern children can only dream of being. They see a task and know what must be done and risk all to do it. They don't necessarily give regard to how the people around them feel but 14-year-olds on the cusp of the greatest adventure they've ever had wouldn't naturally consider consequences or how their actions would impact those around them. Add to the mix a brave young girl who helps the boys in their quest and there's something for everyone.
The overall story-line flowed beautifully. There was no excess within the plot. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. "A Stairway to Danger" is a great modern classic. I would recommend it for the 12+ young adult.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story reads like a new adventure of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and the boys, Tom and Will, even make mention of those famous adventures. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R3
A Stairway to Danger is an electrifying mystery brimming with dangerous secrets, gripping action, and a frightening stranger that will hypnotize readers to the end. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stacie Theis
Will and Tom are cousins living in a small Kentucky town in the early 1920’s. Tom has been orphaned and moved to live with Will’s family. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. Lee McKenzie
Will and Tom are cousins, friends and adventurers, in this young adult mystery. On a search for buried treasure, they find more than they bargained for, in the form of a dead body... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Black
As a big reader i personally found the book a bit soulless. When i find a good book i more than likely read it numerous times to get the deep meaning out of it. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book is a quick read. Well done to Ben Woodard, I enjoyed the overall composition and the fast style.Published on August 31, 2013 by GaryB
Ever wonder what makes a pre-teen/young teen boys read with relish? It's good if a story has some ghoulishness and plenty of "Yikes-factor." This one does. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Mirka M. Breen
After reading Author, Ben Woodard's middle grade book, The Boy Who Flew With Eagles, I wanted to read more of his work. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Margaret C. Arvanitis
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