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A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1) Kindle Edition

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A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii. 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.

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  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988627418
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller-Martin Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGESBT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii.
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.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Joe Hempel on May 13, 2013
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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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alle Wells on December 19, 2012
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This wonderfully told story presents two heroic teenagers who take on the mob back in the 1920s. Will and Tom are first cousins and, in the beginning, they seem to be as different as different can be. Will reluctantly goes along with Tom when his curiosity can't be satisfied concerning a mysterious, haunted barge moored along Dix River near their Shakertown farm. The boys' search for the truth gets them in a heap of hot water and in way over their heads when confronted by notorious gangsters. Their curiosity nearly kills them. Their quick wit and cleverness keep them alive. Their courage outshines men twice their age and the local law enforcement. Together, they are an unstoppable pair of junior detectives.

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcia T Jones on December 2, 2012
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This story grabs the reader with the first line and doesn't let go. Woodard has created believable teen characters and plunked them down in a fascinating historical setting. Full of mystery and intrigue, this is the kind of story that even reluctant readers will stick with in order to find out what--and who--is behind the shady happenings of Shakertown as well as what secrets the main character is holding!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deanna S. on February 27, 2013
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A Stairway to Danger is an intriguing novel filled with action and adventure from beginning to end. Tom and Will, two cousins living in a small town in the 1920s, become involved in a mystery when they find the body of the local deputy. Soon, they are investigating a mysterious barge on the river and becoming entangled in a dangerous adventure.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Readers Reviews on March 17, 2013
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"A Stairway to Danger" is an adventure story in the spirit of classic adventure stories. Within the story-line, Tom is a reader of such classics as Tom Sawyer and his reading material inspires certain elements within the story-line. It's clear that the author was greatly inspired by these past masters but brings his own uniquely updated spin to play.

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.
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