An Island Far from Home

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

The twelve-year-old son of a Union army doctor killed during the fighting in Fredericksburg comes to understand the meaning of war and the fine line between friends and enemies when he begins corresponding with a young Confederate prisoner of war.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575050768
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Adventures in Time Series
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 353,043
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    A Brilliant Book...

    I would just like to take the time to point out that the majority of those who give good books bad ratings can hardly write their ratings with proper spelling and punctuation. I believe that a person should take the time to write an ACCEPTABLE review if the Author that they are critiquing took the time to write an entire book. Especially if they are going to publicly anounce that the authors book is not worth reading. It is my humble opinion that those ratings are not worth reading. I do not mean to bash all readers who dislike a book. I thank you if you respectfully share your opinion. But, I believe that it is better to be silent, than to talk about nothing.

    Now, back to the book. I really enjoyed this story. It is sensitive in a time of war and fear. It shows both sides of the story and it puts a better light on those who are considered "bad." It was historically correct and totally believable. I would recomend this book to anyone from ages 10 up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2010

    hi

    its cool it has alot of informashon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    wanna know about An island far from home?

    this book was not that good. it was kinda stupid. i wouldnt recommend to someone who is looking for a good book.

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    Posted March 28, 2010

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