The Trestle

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Tom craves danger—to forget. He persuades his cousin Will to walk across High Bridge, a single track railroad bridge with no railings. Danger follows them onto the track, and Tom has to make a deadly choice.
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About Ben Woodard

Ben’s imagination has led to adventures around the world.
Trekking Tibet and Mt Everest.
Studying in Austria.
Hiking in Scotland.
Bicycling rail trails.
House building in Guatemala
And now, imagining original children stories told through Spellbinders and through his books. Imagination fired by adventure and experiences.

Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children’s writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children’s stories in 2008 and has completed over twenty books including picture books, middle grade and young adult. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Review by: Eric Marier on Sep. 6, 2017 :
I love this action-packed short grounded in a very real, three-dimensional world, and its young hero Tom, afflicted with guilt from a past tragedy. Who says there aren't stories for boys anymore? Girls and adults will like it too. An action tale pulls everyone in when the stakes are of this kind: our humanity.
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Review by: Rosalyn Ramage on March 6, 2012 :
What a frightening but exciting read! It kept my full attention, as you would expect, to the last sentence. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the night, as well as the sounds that accompany the approach and passing of the train. Also, the way Tom makes the decision to save himself in the midst of such a threat. Good story. Good outcome. Ready to read more of your "stuff." : )
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Karen Leet on Sep. 8, 2011 :
Wow--"The Trestle" was a great read--plenty of suspense & tension. Looking forward to more stories & books by Ben Woodard. Hope to see more about Tom--he really came alive in this story.
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Review by: Evelyn Christensen on Sep. 4, 2011 :
This is a suspenseful, gripping story that has the reader sharing Tom's fear in the midst of his need to forget. We're on that trestle with him, we yell at him in our minds not to do what he does anyway, and we're with him as the danger looms down the track. Excellent, Ben!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Sherry White on Sep. 1, 2011 : (no rating)
Ben, I like your story. It's full of action, excitement, and emotion. You jump right in and get your reader moving immediately along with the flow of the storyline. I would say your story borders on an action-driven story for sure. Keep up the good writing.
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Review by: doris settles on Sep. 1, 2011 :
I felt the cold mists surrounding me, creating eerie wraiths (author's words) in the frozen fear as the boys step onto High Bridge. No lover of heights, myself, I've gone across High Bridge myself (not on foot) and know their fear even when I realize my (relative) safety. He has done an excellent job of blending the boy's need to punish himself yet come out the other side of his own growth. Great job!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Laura Leikona on Aug. 30, 2011 :
The author explores painful memories, risky behavior, and love in an unexpected and somewhat ironic way. He captures teen angst and friendships beautifully. All against a beautifully detailed and edgy scenery that is quintessentially rural Kentucky. Very enjoyable to read.
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