Item description for William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1) by Cathy Gohlke...
Overview In the pre-Civil War South, a thirteen-year-old boy, Robert, must come to terms with his father's involvement in the Underground Railroad and his mother's antipathy toward abolitionism, as he witnesses the dehumanizing effects of slavery through his friend, a black boy named William Henry. Original.
They told him his best friend wasn't human. Robert's father assisted the Underground Railroad. His mother adamantly opposed abolition. His best friend was a black boy named William Henry. As a nation neared its boiling point, Robert found himself in his own painful conflict. The one thing he couldn't do was nothing at all. "William Henry" is a coming-of-age story about a 12-year-old boy--and an entire country--that comes face to face with the evils of society, even within the walls of the church. In the safety of an uplifting friendship, he discovers the hope of a brighter day.
Awards and Recognitions William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1) by Cathy Gohlke has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2007 Nominee - First Novel category
Christy Awards - 2007 Winner - Young Adult category
Citations And Professional Reviews William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1) by Cathy Gohlke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 10/02/2006 page 18
Library Journal - 11/01/2006 page 62
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 0802499732 ISBN13 9780802499738
Availability 0 units.
More About Cathy Gohlke
Born on a farm in the North Carolina Piedmont, CATHY GOHLKE was third in a family of four children. Cathy s first novel, "William Henry is a Fine Name," was awarded the 2007 Christy Award for Best Young Adult novel, was a finalist for the 2007 Christy Award for Best First Novel, and was awarded second place for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2007 Book of the Year Long Historical. Her second novel, " I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires," was released in September 2008 and was chosen by "Library Journal" as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2008. Cathy and her husband, Dan, live in Elkton, Maryland and have two grown children."
Reviews - What do customers think about William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1)?
A Very Moving Story Dec 21, 2006
This is a powerful story about two boys, William Henry, who is black, and Robert Leslie Glover, who is white. The two are best friends and the setting is Pre-Civil War days. The Henry was taken from Patrick Henry, who fought for freedom, and William Henry thinks it's a fine name. Robert didn't understand the evils of slavery until the year he turned thirteen and everything changed for him and for William Henry. He learned why his parents fought so much and why his best friend knew more about what was going on than he did. Cathy Gohlke has written a fascinating, gripping story about the terrible wrongs of slavery and the courage of those willing to fight against it. The characters are so well developed, the emotions so overwhelming that the reader is pulled into the story from the first page to the end. This story will grip your heart. It's more than just a book, it's an experience. It's hard to believe this is Cathy Gohlke's first novel. Expect more from this very talented writer.
Powerful Story! Oct 17, 2006
Thirteen-year-old Robert has been raised in a family divided on the issue of slavery, and as he grows up he must decide where he stands and what he will do about it. Through his friendship with his best friend William, time spent in the south with his grandfather, and seeing first-hand the affects of slavery he chooses to become involved with the Underground Railroad. Cathy Gohlkey's first novel is a beautifully written treasure! It can be enjoyed by both adults and teens. The characters and events of the story are so powerful they will stay with you long after you finish the book.