Coal Black Horse

Coal Black Horse

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When Robey Childs's mother experiences a premonition about her husband, a Civil War soldier, she sends her only son to retrieve his father from the battlefield, accompanied by a horse that becomes his only companion as he makes his way through the destruction of war.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2008.
Edition: First paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781565126015
Branch Call Number: FIC OLMS
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 21 cm


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madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Hettie Childs has a premonition and sends her only child Robey, age fourteen, on a mission to bring his father back to the safety of their remote farm in the Virginia hills. Robey's journey is arduous, perilous, and brings this boy's childhood to a sudden and lasting end. Accompanied by a beautiful and mystical coal black horse, Robey is shot, robbed, nearly starved, and hunted by the terrible, desperate characters created by war. He witnesses horrific scenes of slaughter and brutality; he sees people at their very worst and some at their best. The horse is Robey's protector and teacher during much of his journey, and is only one of many such elements in a richly contrived story filled with symbolism, metaphor, and the lyrical idiom of the South. I highly recommend this powerful and moving coming-of-age war story for adult readers and mature young adult readers. It's an excellent book group choice as well.
-Madame Librarian


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