|About the Book|
Joshua Carter knows how to survive in a war zone. Thats what hes been doing most of his life. Yet nothings come close to the terror of 1863. Even if he lives to see his fourteenth birthday, just two weeks away, there wont be much to celebrate. InMoreJoshua Carter knows how to survive in a war zone. Thats what hes been doing most of his life. Yet nothings come close to the terror of 1863. Even if he lives to see his fourteenth birthday, just two weeks away, there wont be much to celebrate. In less than twenty-four hours, the Carters will be homeless. Theyll be out on hot, dangerous, dusty roads with 20,000 other Americans, most of them children, with the approval of the President of the United States. Guess somebody had to do something after William Quantrill tore through Lawrence, Kansas, two weeks ago, on the morning of August 21, leaving 250 children fatherless! The Union calls it Order No. 11. Grandpa Carter says it reminds him of a teacher giving detention to every kid in the classroom because a few scoundrels are messing up. To make matters worse, the familys not seen Cyrus Carter since he dashed over to Lawrence to check on his sister right after the massacre. Since Pas not likely to be located by tomorrow morning when the family strikes out in search of a new home, Joshuas got some big assignments. At fourteen, as the oldest of five children, hell need all the courage he can muster. Even before getting on the road, their route gets changed when devastating news arrives. Yet hours later, despite his overwhelming grief, the boy manages to find hope, like buried treasure, in the ground beneath his feet. On the second day out, after several hair-raising incidents, the familys misfortunes are eased again when an old friend of Joshuas steps in to help the weary travelers get to eastern Iowa the fastest way possible. Despite the luxuries they enjoy on their journey, danger and adventures flow as swiftly as the rivers that separate them from their destination. Along the way, the entire family has an opportunity to learn much from the people they encounter, all who seem to have information and opinions about the current controversies dividing the nation. Finally, they settle down in a much safer place, living for peace in a town filled with abolitionists, even as the unpredictable war rages on. Bolstered by new-found friends, Joshua discovers within himself endless possibilities. As the war draws to a close, the mystery of Pas disappearance is solved. Now, the young mans got a new challenge on his hands, one he cant wait to take on. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this book, you get much more than the story! An educational, activity-filled website also awaits students and teachers alike. Extensive, FREE, chapter-by-chapter Power Point lesson plans and study guides are available upon request. Instructions for obtaining these are on the back page of the book, as well as on the website: http: //justfollowingorders.takecourage.org A companion book-same story, same cover, is available in a more advanced version, for 7th and 8th-graders, under the title Just Following Orders: Escape from Guerrilla Warfare in 1863, allowing students on two different reading levels, to study the same story in the same classroom, which was a dream of co-author and highly-experienced teacher, Nancy Ketter.