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The Bloody Country (Point) Paperback – January 1, 1980

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About the Author

James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including "Give Dad My Best" and "Planet out of the Past". He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the "New York Times Magazine", "Reader s Digest", and "Boy s Life". His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.

Christopher Collier is an author and historian. He attended Clark University and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD. He was the official Connecticut State Historian from 1984 to 2004 and is now professor of history emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He is the brother of James Lincoln Collier, with whom he has written a number of novels, most of which are based on historic events. His books have been nominated for several awards, including the Newbery Honor and the Pulitzer Prize.

Charlie Thurston has appeared on stages across the country, including Trinity Repertory Company, Arden Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Intiman Theater, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Riverside Theatre. Charlie holds an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Point
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590431269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590431262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The book began with introducing the characters in an odd way. There was a fight between the parents, Martha and Daniel, about if there nine year old son and his friend, their slave, should go out and pick berries during the war. Martha, the mom, felt it was too dangerous because the path to the berry farm was the same road the warriors would come on. Daniel felt exactly the same but felt Joe Mountain, their slave, and Ben, their son, knew the woods of that area better then any visitor. So after a few pages of fighting Daniel wins "as normal." This is the point in the book that shocked me. On the way to the berry patch the boys talk about why Joe is a slave. Though nothing comes of it now it has big deal to the outcome of the events later to come. The boys thought since Joe was half Indian that he should be a slave in the morning and free in the afternoon. The boys arrive at the berry patch soon after and start to pick berries. They got their baskets about half full and here the warriors coming. They drop their baskets and sprint the two mile run home. They made it home just fine and tell their parents what the saw. They immediately took the appropriate actions, they got food, chopped wood, and took water from their mill stream. They were now ready to survive by themselves for a few days. After the second day of being in the house the warriors come while the boys are out in the field getting more wood for the fire. The take Martha outside and right as the boys and Daniel get there they see a life changing image. One of the Indians scalped his mother. Now the boys sad, motherless, and broken hearted must go on with there lives. They continue to go in hiding and continue to wait. The next few weeks past very quickly and the mill is snowed in.Read more ›
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A Kid's Review on January 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Bloody County is a magnificent book. Sometimes it gets boring by telling to much informantion at one time, but then becomes good by picking up the story really quick.The story is based on a young boy named Ben Buck and his family that move from Connecticut to a placed called the Wyoming River Valley. The government one day comes and tell them that they have to move because another family rightfully owns this land, but the family won't leave. The next week Indians that work for the government come and scalp Ben's mother and his sister's husband. This scares the whole family and they split up. This book has its ups and downs but in the end comes out to be a pretty good book. The best part of the book is when the river floods, pulling a family and their canoe into the raging stream and then the Buck family saves them. I recommend this book to a person this book to a person that likes to read about early settlement in the U.S.
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A Kid's Review on October 8, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
The Bloody Country by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier is a great book! It is very informative at first but as the story unfolds it becomes a great story. This story takes place during the Revolutionary War and is about the Buck Family who moves into the Wyoming Valley. The Pennsylvania government says the land rigthfully belongs to someone else. The goverment forms allainces with the Native Americans and come to kick out the Buck family and everyone else in the area. The Indians and government battle with the people in the area and Ben Buck's uncle and mom get scalped. Later they get kicked out of the valley after they rebuild their mill (it was destroyed by a flood). After they get kicked out of the valley they figure out that the land was not given to anyone and come back to reclaim they're land.
The author of this book was very good and very descriptive. He almost made me feel like I was actually there. I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the Revolutionary War and what it felt like to live in that time period.
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Format: Paperback
In Colonial Pennsylvania several opposing forces wanted control of the land: the British, the Native Americans (always the first to be displaced), and hopeful settlers from Connecticut. Plus there those folks already living there (without formal ownership) called Pennamites, who derived their name from the Quaker founder of the colony, William Penn. Increasing the dissension over land use the French stirred up local Indian tribes to war on English-speaking settlers; atrocities were committed on both sides--ramping up national and state hostility and paranoia. Literary warning for the faint of heart: the disputed land was truly named, Bloody.

Narrated in somewhat uneven pacing this book offers intermittent amounts of exposition/explanation with bursts of action. Themes include the struggle for survival (legal land ownership, human life and the existence of the vital mill. Ben Buck, his family and their half Black slave, Joe Mountain, endure many trials and disasters from warring factions, so there is plenty of drama scattered throughout the novel. But the young protagonist and his family never surrender their will to live ther, to fight and--even if temporarily displaced--to return and rebuild on what they consider their land. Battling against both Man and Nature (in the form of spring floods) the Bucks demonstrate staunch Yankee resilience and determination to unite against their diverse and sometimes allied foes. Ben comes of age as he takes on responsibilities beyond his years in this interesting work of YA historical fiction. For middle school students of the pre Revolutihnary war, particularly boys 10-14.
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