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Twelve-year-old Charley Quinn thinks war is going to be swell when he runs away from his home in the New York Bowery to become a drummer boy in the Civil War. He can't imagine that anything could make a coward out of a street-tough Irish lad. It's not war, in the end, but a self-imposed exile in the backwoods of Virginia that teaches Charley what courage really means in this novel, winner of the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for historical juvenile fiction. Narrator Jeff Woodman has a repertoire of authentic accents, from lower New York to mountain hillbilly, that pull the listener into each scene of this action-packed adventure. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-Jeff Woodman narrates Patricia Beatty's powerful story (Troll, pap. 1996) of Charley Quinn, a 12-year-old street tough Bowery Boy from New York City who, during the Civil War, runs away from home and enlists as a drummer boy with the Union Army. Seeking to avenge his older brother's death at Gettysburg, Charley is proud to be a soldier until he gets his first taste of battle. Terrified, he "skedaddles" into the Blue Ridge Mountains where he is befriended by Granny Bent, a cantankerous old abolitionist mountain woman. Pretending to be mute, Charley helps Granny with chores, proves his courage by killing a mountain lion, evades Rebel soldiers, and wins the love of shy Sarie Giffen. In doing these things, Charley discovers the greed that motivated both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and learns the true meaning of honor and cowardice. Students studying the Civil War will be entranced as Woodman captures Charley's personality brilliantly, and brings history to life by introducing listeners to interesting characters, witty dialogue, and descriptive settings based on actual Civil War records and memoirs.
Darlene M. Ford, Dauphin County Library System, PA
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Book Description Recorded Books, 1999. Audio Book (Cassette). Book Condition: Good. Former library book. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 123526198