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Offers young readers a look at Vermont soldier William Scott, African American spies Dabney and his wife, drummer Johnny Clem, and other figures from the Civil War.
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Grade 4-8-This hi/lo book brings together five tales of the American Civil War. All seem to be based on true incidents, although no indication is given as to their sources. Consider it a collection of "urban legends" set in the 1860s. The first story-about a young soldier sentenced to be shot for falling asleep on guard duty-is told in the first person, but readers never learn the narrator's identity. The second selection is about a laundress who used her clothesline to transmit battle information. The oddest tale is the last, "The Blue and the Gray," which the reteller identifies as being based on a story by Louisa May Alcott. It is told as a short story, then is immediately followed by another version as a three-act play. This title might appeal to someone who has devoured every other book on the Civil War, but it offers little to others.
Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
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Book Description Perfection Learning, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0789152223
Book Description Perfection Learning, 2000. Condition: New. Greg Hargreaves; Michael A. Aspengren (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0789152223