Olmstead, Robert. Coal black horse.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

OLMSTEAD, Robert. Coal black horse. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 229p. c2007. 978-1-56512-601-5. $13.95. JSA

In this beautifully written coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Robey Childs, Olmstead captures the agony of war, the strength and wisdom of human beings, and the evil they are capable of. Robey's mother has a premonition that her husband, who is fighting in the Civil War, is in immediate danger and Robey must go to him. Robey, who has never been far from his home in the Appalachian Mountains, leaves on a coal black horse someone loans him. Together they make their way to the Battle of Gettysburg where he finds his father.

Robey grows on his trip as he meets good people and bad, including an evil preacher and his wife who are the guardians of a young girl. Fie sees...

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