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the family's dire straights. The crops have failed. They've been going to bed hungry and have no way of surviving the coming winter. It looks like abandoning their farm and moving may be the only option. Brody decides to set out early the next morning, armed with his grandfather's gun. Maybe he can bring home some game to help his parents. But a hunting accident leaves him temporarily blinded and things are looking awfully grim, until...
Brody is saved by Ames, a former slave who worked for a Confederate general during the war. The only problem is, Ames is convinced the war is still going on. He is wracked with guilt over his wartime exploits and falsely accused of murder. Though he would like nothing more than to find his missing wife and daughter, Ames is determined to stay as far from civilization as possible. Brody only wants to return to his parents. Can they find a way to work together and achieve both their goals?
I don't want to give any more of the plot away. The book is beautifully written, and though there is plenty of action, it will also tug at your heart-strings. (I know...I was surprised to learn I had them!)
Hey, I'm a mom! The thought of a young boy, all by himself in the wilderness and so lonely that he holds conversations with an ill-tempered raccoon, damn near broke my heart.
I'm hooked and waiting for more of Brody's adventures.
That criticism aside, it was an entertaining book. The character development was excellent - I loved the unique friendship between young Brody and Ames/Amos. It takes place a few years after the end of the Civil War during a time in history that we don't hear a lot about. Slavery had been legally abolished but many sharecroppers were made indebted to the owner's of the fields, and were still kept in servitude for years - essentially slaves - after the war. This is the story of two men, one white, one black, who come together in a crisis, and go search of their families. Part adventure, part western, and enough action to keep you turning the pages. Written for readers of all ages.
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