In a war in which more than a quarter million boys age seventeen and under fought in the opposing armies, Journey Into Darkness, a researched blend of fact and fiction, is about a young boy in the Civil War. Written especially for students, enjoyed by adults as well, it takes the student reader into the events of the war through the experience of a peer.
Originally published in four books at the request of a young reader
on behalf of others who don’t like thick books.
“This would be an excellent resource for middle school American history classes, giving a boy’s-eye view of the Civil War and reminding students that kids their own age were caught up in active duty during war.”
Blue Ink Review
Duane Kinkade was ten years old during the summer of 1861 when raiders struck his farm after his pa had gone to the war; eleven the following spring when he left in search of his father and became a part of the war himself; thirteen the summer he returned home, a veteran soldier after two and a half years of army life and battlefield experience. An intricate blend of fact and fiction, the thread of experience of the fictitious boy soldier runs through the fabric of a very real war and its historic violence as it actually happened.
“I enjoyed the excitement and suspense and couldn’t put it down.”
Isaac Sassa, age 14.
“More than once you managed to hook this 81-year old to the point of tears.”
“It’s a moving, large scale, and splended story.”
Lloyd Alexander, author