The Trap (Christian Heritage Series: The Charleston Years #4)

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Having become embroiled in one troublesome situation after another while living on his uncle's plantation in South Carolina in 1861, eleven-year-old Austin eventually accuses his older relative of hypocrisy

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With a passion for children of all ages, Nancy Rue has a unique ability to tell a story that captures a child's imagination. She is the author of The Janis Project, which won a C.S. Lewis Honor Book Award, and Row This Boat Ashore, a Campus Life Book of the Year Competition Award of Merit winner, as well as many others.

In addition to her many books, Rue has written a variety of award-winning articles and short stories that have been published in numerous magazines, including Clubhouse, Brio, Campus Life and Teens Today.

Rue holds a masters of arts degree in education from the College of William and Mary, a bachelor of arts degree in drama from the University of Nevada, and a bachelors of arts degree in English from John. B. Stetson University.

Rue recently retired from teaching high school English and drama to focus all of her attention on writing and speaking for the Young Writer's Institute. She spends several hundred hours researching historical facts for each CHRISTIAN HERITAGE subseries.

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Grade 4-5-These stories take place near Charleston, SC, immediately before the Civil War. Eleven-year-old Austin Hutchinson, his mother, and his younger brother have come down from the North to stay with relatives while their mother recuperates from an unknown illness. Since Austin and his family are outright abolitionists, their presence on the Canaan Grove plantation brings trouble for Uncle Drayton Ravenal. Austin causes more trouble by befriending Henry-James, a young slave on the plantation. In The Threat, Austin runs across bullies who threaten to beat him up for wearing an American flag pin. In The Trap, Narvel Guthrie plays nasty and dangerous tricks on Austin and Henry-James. In each of the stories, Austin uses his "book smarts" to triumph over the bad guys. The stories relay interesting information about daily plantation life. The stories explore the feelings of both Northerners and Southerners toward slavery and the prospect of war. However, the dominant Christian theme is excessive and detracts from the plot. Additionally, readers may find the Southern dialect hard to comprehend. Not first choices for historical-fiction collections.
Sarah O'Neal, Salt Lake County Library System, UT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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