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New Novel Follows a Boy’s Journey through the Civil War

J. Arthur Moore writes about a boy’s experience as he searches to find his father, a Confederate soldier, and ultimately himself during the American Civil War.

Atlanta, Georgia – WEBWIRE
“Journey Into Darkness”
“Journey Into Darkness”

It’s a life-changing adventure, a gripping story of war and a boy’s extraordinary coming-of-age.

Veteran educator and social studies teacher J. Arthur Moore publishes his new book, “Journey into Darkness,” which takes the reader into the Civil War through the perspective of a boy soldier.

Divided into four separate volumes, the story follows ten-year-old Duane Kinkade as he finds his life changed forever when raiders strike his farm after his father left for the war. The following spring, he decides to find his father and becomes entangled in the widespread conflict. It is through his eyes and experiences that readers will witness the devastations that become a part of everyday life during wartime, and its effects on people. It’s a life-changing adventure, a gripping story of war and a boy’s extraordinary coming-of-age. Moore has woven, out of unfathomable tragedy, an unforgettable tale of family, hope, and what it means to be human.

Reading specialist and reviewer Charmaine Ball writes: “Throughout Duane’s quest the reader sees obstacles overcome, friendships forged, loyalties challenged, and life lessons learned, while at the same time a vivid history lesson is unfolding before your eyes.  Not only is this story a startlingly detailed time line of major and minor events of the Civil War, but also a diary of a boy’s commitment to find his father and who, in the process, finds himself.”

From author Lloyd Alexander: “It’s a moving, large scale and splendid story.” and fourteen-year-old Isaac Sassa, “I enjoyed the excitement and suspense and couldn’t put it down.” 

“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,” writes Paul Sanborn, historian, Freedoms Foundation, in his letter of nomination for the Freedoms Foundation Award.
“Journey into Darkness”
By: J. Arthur Moore
Paperback | 600 pages | ISBN 978-1-4990-1438-9
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About the Author

J. Arthur Moore is an educator with over 41 years of experience in public, private and independent settings. After retiring, he moved to the farming country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he plans to enjoy the generations of family, time with his model railroad, and publishing his writings. 

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 Journey into Darkness
 J. Arthur Moore
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 American Civil War
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