A Child Went Forth
A CHILD WENT FORTH follows thirteen year old Charlie Griffin's evolvement from boyhood to manhood in the summer of 1855 as he carries money from Brooklyn to Missouri to give it to the abolitionist leaders there. All the while he is being hunted by a ferocious crew of adversaries.
It is an entirely new look at the era, at slavery, racism, political and social corruptions and the cast of people in the novel are an illustrious roll call of characters from the real to the reimagined. From Walt Whitman to P.T. Barnum, to the Brooklyn evangelist and abolitionist Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe. The infamous and ghostlike undertaker and anti-slavery insurrectionist Erastus Eels. The millionaire gunfighter and freestater Butler Philips to his dashing and Oxford educated counterpart, the assassin Dixie Jack. And then there is Annie Pie, the heroine of the story, who at thirteen is brave beyond her years, and it is left to her to save Charlie Griffin, the boy she has come to love.
Mr. Teran remains a mystery in regards to the true identity of the author. This does not matter to me. All I know is that he/she is a great author. Mr. Teran is not just a writer but a splendid storyteller.
Instantly, I fell in love with this story of Charlie. He really grew up to be a respectable man. This was not easy from his childhood to the point he grew up. Along his journey, he met a variety of people. Some good and a lot bad. The odds were definitely stacked against him.
Mr. Teran infuses life into the characters so that you are so invested in them that you don't want to stop reading. Harriet Tubman was another famous slave that grew through adversary to become a powerful voice. I kind of pictured these qualities in Charlie. If you are looking for a great author or just a great book, than do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book today.