An Island Far from Home

An Island Far from Home

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by John Donahue
     
 

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Set against the vivid backdrop of the Civil War, this is a timeless tale of friends and enemies, anguish and adventure.

"Dear Private John Meadows: My name is Joshua Loring.... My pa got killed at Fredericksburg so I don't much like Rebs. I'm joining the army as soon as I can.... I just hope the war doesn't end before I get my chance". And so begins the

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Set against the vivid backdrop of the Civil War, this is a timeless tale of friends and enemies, anguish and adventure.

"Dear Private John Meadows: My name is Joshua Loring.... My pa got killed at Fredericksburg so I don't much like Rebs. I'm joining the army as soon as I can.... I just hope the war doesn't end before I get my chance". And so begins the life-changing relationship between Joshua, a twelve-year-old from Massachusetts, and his unlikely pen pal, a lonely fourteen-year-old Confederate soldier imprisoned on George's Island. Joshua sends the letter at his uncle's request, although he's sure there isn't a Reb in the world he'd like. The events that follow force Joshua to confront his deepest feelings about the enemy and lead to the greatest adventure of his life.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A thought-provoking Civil War story involving a Yankee boy and a 14-year-old confederate soldier. Joshua Loring, 12, lives in Massachusetts and is adjusting to the death of his father, who was a doctor in the Union army. His uncle, Major Robert Pennington, is in charge of POWs on nearby George's Island. The man tells his nephew about a prisoner who is quite young, scared, and alone, and asks that he write to him. Joshua is appalled at the thought of writing to the enemy, and yet at the same time he is intrigued by the idea of learning about a Confederate soldier close to his age, and he decides to write one letter. But one letter leads to another, and their pen-pal relationship grows to a respectful friendship. Donahue has masterfully drawn the young characters; through their correspondence, they slowly reveal personal characteristics that contradict their stereotypical views of one another. In an exciting, climactic ending, and under dangerous circumstances, the boys finally meet. A page-turner full of emotional turmoil that's wonderful for discussion groups and extremely accessible to reluctant historical fiction readers.-Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575050768
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Adventures in Time Series
Pages:
179
Sales rank:
712,311
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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