“I found the series to be very interesting. I enjoyed the excitement and suspense and couldn’t put it down. I just finished studying about the Civil War and found these books to be an excellent supplement to my studies. They were very historically accurate down to the smallest details. These books showed the harsh reality of the Civil War. They also showed the great sacrifices made by our countrymen so that we may enjoy the freedom we have today. I would really recommend this story to kids my age and to anyone who likes adventure and is interested in learning more about the Civil War.”
“I highly recommend this series of four historical novels… I believe that books such as these are an important way of preserving our national heritage and bringing it to life for the students in our schools. They can relate to the experiences and perspective of Duane Kinkade as he lives through the central event in our national history, the American Civil War.”
Nominated for the Freedoms Foundation Award
“The final revelation where Blake and Matthew discover the truth about their connection is an incredibly powerful moment, arguably the defining point of the story.”
Hollywood Coverage, recommendation for a Feature Film
The regiments and their histories in these books are real, the events did happen.
Come visit the double-dealing world of Michael Prairie Cub. Born of pioneer parents, Michael was orphaned on the prairie at the age of three. An Indian by the name of Thunder Eagle took him in and raised him as his own, even though his ancestry was White. Many seasons later, the fate and old way of life of the Indian tribe is in danger, and Thunder Eagle must make the decision to have his adopted son return to the world he was born into.
Summer of Two Worlds by J. Arthur Moore is a humbling story based on historical facts of the Sioux Indian tribe. The story introduces readers to the Sioux, the beginning of the railroad, soldiers, mountain life, cultural differences, and the trading activities of that era. Author J. Arthur Moore writes a very descriptive, moving story with an easily understood plot. Mr. Moore takes the reader back to a time when the ‘young country’ was officially being formed, during which some awful circumstances and happenstances occurred. The reader must understand the nature of this book is to educate and not discriminate against either race of people involved. The events within the book were actual occurrences in American history.
Being of Native American heritage myself, the book in my opinion was moving, educational, and eye opening to the historical occurrences of the Native American tribes, government soldiers, mountain people, and towns’ people's lifestyles, habits, and different cultures of that era. This book can be used as an educational read for schools and libraries, or for the personal enjoyment of readers interested in historical fiction.
Readers’ Favorite 5-star review
“I read your book [Summer Of Two Worlds] about two weeks ago. Wow! It’s a blend of Indians, railroad, and soldiers, too. The most exciting part was when Prairie Cub was being chased on a train with that anti-Indian after him. And also when the soldiers came and the battle was.”
Daniel Esh, Jr.
In a war in which more than 250,000 participants were underage children and youth, the history of the battlefields and military life of the Civil War is written in the journals and letters of Charles William Bardeen, William Bircher, Elisha Stockwell, Johnnie Wickersham, and other boys. Many of their stories were first shared with the public through newspaper articles recording their exploits. For example, Johnny Clem became an instant hero when he shot a Confederate officer off his horse as the officer tried to capture him. One particular event of the war was notable for the significant number of student cadets who were involved. At the Battle of New Market 250 cadets from the Virginia Military Institute fought as a unit. An exceptional collection of letters, artifacts, and biographical accounts has been gathered in the Archives of the Institute and its Hall of Valor Museum and preserved battlefield park. At the beginning of the 20th century the first collection of biographical information about boys from the war was published and Johnny Clem retired as a Brigadier General after serving thirty-four years in the U.S. Army. As the centenary approached while the vast majority of historians continued to focus on battles, campaigns, and general officers in their research and writing, and more began to be written about the common soldier participants of the war, this was a beginning of a renewed interest in the youngest soldiers. Over the years transitioning from the 20th into the 21st centuries two kinds of writings were published, written by historians from two points of view. Anthologies with photographs, citations, quotations from original diaries and journals were published, bringing to their readers a researched collection of information about the real boys from the war. Other historians researched their subjects, then turned their stories into narrative novel format without citations, designed for younger readers to learn about the war through the eyes of their peers.