William O. Steele
Fourteen-year-old Chris, bitterly hating the Yankees for invading his Tennessee mountain home, learns a difficult lesson about the waste of war and the meaning of tolerance and courage when he reports the approach of a Yankee supply troop to the Confederates, only to learn that his brother is probably part of that troop.
It is going to be the coldest winter ever, and Caje’s dad can see the signs. Squirrels flood the trees, heading south. Deer have their winter pelts months early. And game in the woods is so scarce that Caje and his dad go hungry as often as not. Caje’s dad only knows nature. He’s a “woodsy” – a hunter, a scavenger, a wild man who lseeps in caves and hollow trees and doesn’t like other people. He’s raised Caje to be like him....