The Courage Test by James Preller

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Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right.

Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter.

It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage.

A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.


About James Preller

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James Preller is the author of SIX INNINGS, BYSTANDER, and the Jigsaw Jones series. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two cats, and a golden Labradoodle named Daisy. You can visit him on the Web at Bruno is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. You can visit him at
Published September 13, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Feb 08 2017 | Read Full Review of The Courage Test

Along the way, Will encounters people and situations that remind him of Sacajawea, York the slave, Seaman the dog, the Nez Perce Indians and others who helped Lewis and Clark on their travels.

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Sep 13 2016 | Read Full Review of The Courage Test

“I got the idea after reading Roald Dahl‘s book ‘Danny the Champion of the World.’ I loved the relationship of the father and son in that book, so I created two characters and set them out on the Lewis and Clark Trail.”.

Feb 08 2017 | Read Full Review of The Courage Test

Gr 4–7—William Meriwether Miller—named after Lewis and Clark—is not happy about embarking on a wilderness adventure with the father who walked out on him and his mother. It's not what he had in mind for his summer (he's missing the chance to play on the All-Stars baseball team), but his mother in...

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