The Devil's Backbone
About the Author

James Babb’s first historical adventure novel, The Devil’s Backbone, was released in 2013. A self-confessed "reluctant reader" in adolescence, Babb wrote for those same readers, who have embraced his vivid characters and taut narrative style. The Devil's Backbone won a coveted national IPPY AWARD in juvenile fiction and was also selected by the Arkansas Historical Association as a winner of the Susannah DeBlack Award awarded to books for young readers.

The second book in the series, The Devil’s Trap, released in 2015, received recognition, along with The Devil’s Backbone, at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Babb continues to create stories as the inspiration strikes and his laptop battery remains charged. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Default Title ISBN 978-1-4841843-9-4 $ 9.99

Independent Publishers IPPY Book Award
Next Generation Indie Book Award
Susannah deBlack Award

256 pages ● 6 x 9”
Interest Level: Grades 3-8 (age 8-13)
Reading Level: Grades 3-4 (ages 8-9)
BISAC Subjects: JUV001000; JUV005000; JUV016140

    The first installment in the Devil's Backbone series

    The crops have failed and his family is starving, so fourteen-year-old Brody Martin slips out into the early morning darkness, desperate to find food in the foothills of the Devil's Backbone.

    A terrible accident, a rescue by a peculiar Civil War veteran, and a journey to find his family has Brody growing into a man ... and wanted for murder.

    "The action and suspense make this a serious page-turner, and Brody is a character you can't help but root for."--S.A. Bodeen

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