Twice A Hero
Martha Hines Templeton
Ten-year-old Ben Walker's story is set in the late 1800's. His family moved to the remote Ozark Mountains when there were very few settlers in this region. The rugged pioneer life is woven into Ben's story, as well as the beauty of the area.
Ben is the adventurous brother, while twelve-year-old Ray feels compelled to look after Ben, setting up a conflict between the brothers. In spite of this, their brotherly love prevails, as they explore Jam-Up Cave, go boating, fishing, swimming in the Jack's Fork River, and have plenty of other adventures.
A mystery unfolds that the boys decide to solve instead of telling Papa about what they found. They find the answer unexpectedly while exploring Jam-Up Cave.
Ben doesn't hesitate when there is a crisis and ends up being “Twice A Hero.” Ben realizes in the end that his heroic actions have made him a stronger person, and equal to Ray.
This historical fiction chapter book is about 14,500 words, easy to read, and will transport the readers back in time, to imagine they are Ben Walker, and this is their Ozarks home near the Jack's Fork River.