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Posted February 8, 2012
Civil War Adventure--Not!
This is a book about Tom and Jack, who are twins at the time of the Civil War. Tom wants slaves to be free. Jack wants to have slaves. I didn't like that most of the book is when they are kids. I wanted more about the Civil War. I don't recommend this book if you are studying the Civil War.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2009
This book is wonderful for 3rd graders to get a handle on how this war separated families, changed lives forever and tore at the heart of Americans. It gives both the north and the south perspectives and is done using children that my son could relate to. It is very touching and well written!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2008
historical fiction for children about the Civil War
This book of historical fiction about the Civil War for young readers opens in 1862 with 21-year-old Tom Rigby, a Union Cavalry officer, riding his horse through a storm back to camp. The sight of a wounded Confederate soldier by the side of the road, who might be his twin brother Jack, leads into the history of the brothers' relationship. The boys had grown up on a plantation in Virginia and were given a personal slave named Aaron, who was a few years older than they were, as a christening present. However, on their ninth birthday, Aaron, who had become their friend, was sent out to work in the fields for being too 'Uppity.' As a result of this experience, Tom became very troubled by all the problems that he saw with slavery, but Jack continued to support their rigid father's views. Eleven years later, when the Civil War erupted, Tom decided to join the Union army, while Jack enlisted in the Confederate army. The story then returns to that day when Tom finds the wounded Southern soldier who makes him think of Jack. What will Tom do? The author wrote that her grandfather and great-uncles fought for the North in the Civil War and brought back stories and songs with them that were passed down through the family to her. One of those ballads, about two little boys who played soldier and then grew up to fight on opposite sides during the Civil War, was sung so often that she remembered the words by heart, and it gave her the idea for the book. I really like historical fiction, and this is a wonderful chapter book for children that should help them to appreciate the fact that some people could not defend a person's right to own other people and to understand that sad era that ended in the 'brothers' war.' It has four chapters with a prologue and a closing author's note. The conversations that Tom has with the household slave 'Uncle Roger' provide some unique insight into the dilemma that slaves faced in the antebellum South. This is a great supplemental book for upper elementary students who are interested in or studying about the Civil War.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2002
Tom and Jack Rigby recieved a slave named Aaron as a christening present. Tom thought the three would never be seperated. But he was wrong. On their ninth birthday, Aaron is sold to the quarter for getting too 'uppity'. Eleven years later, Tom leaves to fight for the Union. But, he wishes he could see his brother once more. Written by Mary Stolz, this book is very 'shocking but great'. I recommend you read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.