The Courage Test

The Courage Test

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Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right.

Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter.

It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage.

A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.

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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 18mm | 318g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1250093910
  • 9781250093912
  • 2,975,418

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"Preller stirs doses of American history into a first-rate road trip that does traditional double-duty as plot device and coming-of-age metaphor. Will is initially baffled and furious at being abruptly forced to accompany his divorced father, a history professor, on a long journey retracing much of the trail of Lewis and Clark. ...Will survives a meeting with a bear and a spill into dangerous rapids--tests of courage that will help him weather the bad news that awaits him at home." --Booklist, starred review


"Whatever young explorers look for on their literary road trips, they'll find it here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The lively narrative is interspersed with Will's entries for a school writing assignment, which contain lots of facts about the original journey, as well as postcards to his mother. Despite the emotional heft, there is plenty of action, including white-water rafting and a close encounter with a bear. A middle grade winner to hand to fans of history, adventure, and family drama."--School Library Journal
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About James Preller

James Preller is the author of numerous books, including the acclaimed novels The Fall, Bystander, and Six Innings, and the Scary Tales series. He travels throughout the country visiting classrooms and book festivals. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife and their children.
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Rating details

292 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 15% (45)
4 45% (131)
3 31% (91)
2 7% (21)
1 1% (4)
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