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Ben Butterfield, ex-circus performer, is living out his days in a small backwater town. He spends much of his time dwelling on the past, pondering his glory days with the circus, and his first grand adventure an odyssey across Missouri and Illinois to Bright Star, Indiana, during the Civil War. It was a journey that laid the groundwork for the man he would become, and on which he got to know the two people who meant the world to him, and still do.In 1862, Ben sets out to help Johnny Hawkes, a resourceful Texican, drive two camels to the farm home of a Yankee officer who has taken possession of the desert beasts as contraband of war. But when Johnny is imprisoned by the Yankees and charged with horse theft, it is up to Ben to complete the task without his friend and mentor. On the threshold of manhood, he has only the help of a young girl, nicknamed Princess, who spends most of the time masquerading as a boy to avoid drawing unwanted attention. Johnny and Princess must stand together and persevere against the odds if they are to overcome every obstacle placed before them on the winding way to Bright Star. A magnificent tour of 1860s heartland America, "The Way to Bright Star" is a grand coming-of-age novel, in the tradition of "Huckleberry Finn," and destined to become an American classic."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780765322555
ISBN-10: 0765322552
Format: Paperback / softback
(231mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Forge
Publisher: Forge
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dee Brown

DEE BROWN is the acclaimed master of several bestsellers, including the classic nonfiction work "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which sold over five million copies worldwide, and the highly acclaimed novel "Creek Mary's Blood." This revered writer, who has lived through most of this century, has written over two dozen books on life in frontier America, and forever put his stamp on American history. Dee Brown lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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