Author Robert Olmstead's work has been called "brilliant and compelling" by the Chicago Tribune. Here, he takes us back to the Civil War. Robey Child, only 14, must go to the battlefield to bring his injured father home. Clad in a homemade uniform, gray on one side, blue on the other, and riding a powerful coal black horse, Robey sets out on a journey that will make him a man.More
"A powerful, redemptive narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
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Coal Black Horse
The narrator's skill is wonderful; he captures the story in its' true form
The motif of the black horse was the best part
The scene where the old guy whose face and hands come alive with crawly things-- OOOOOOOH! that was wonderfully described!
All the scenes that encompass the boy growing to manhood gripped me
This story is one of the most well written stories I have read in a long time--- well deserved any awards it received. I learned new words-- and how to use them. That is amazing as I am quite well-read across various genres.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the continuation of the series!