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Natchez Under-the-Hill

by (author) Stan Applegate

illustrated by James Watling

Peachtree Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 1999
General, 19th Century, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 1999
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


In this sequel to The Devil's Highway, Zeb and Hanna continue their desperate search to reunite with their families, facing all the dangers of the Natchez Trace.
When the two young pioneers end up head-to-head with the sinister Mason gang, Hannah boldly uses her quick wits and ingenuity to protect her family, Zeb, and herself from the evil sergeant and the angry widows of the infamous gang. Meanwhile, Zeb finds life in Natchez Under-the-Hill just as perilous as he fights desperately to stay alive on the streets, only to find himself locked up in jail, seemingly farther than ever from finding his beloved grandfather.
Will Zeb find his grandfather? Can Hannah and Zeb survive the many dangers of the Natchez Trace and somehow return home?

About the authors

Stan Applegate holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Columbia University. He worked in education for many years, as a teacher, as chief of education science and technology for USAID in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, for the office of American affairs in education, and as vice president for research and sponsored programs at the University of South Carolina. He passed away in 2018.

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James Watling has illustrated many children's books with historical themes including The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward. He lives near Montreal, Canada.

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