Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine [NOOK Book]

Overview

When 20-year-old Billy Laird of Berwick excitedly enlists in the Union Army with his hometown pals, he has no idea of what lies ahead for him. Mentally challenged, he is ill prepared for the training and fighting, but he gets by with the help of his friends. Soon, however, he is sent to a different unit without them. Lonely and unsure of what to do on his own, Billy runs off and meets up with a runaway slave, Elijah. Together, and with the help of the Underground Railroad, the two make their way north to their ...
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Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine

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Overview

When 20-year-old Billy Laird of Berwick excitedly enlists in the Union Army with his hometown pals, he has no idea of what lies ahead for him. Mentally challenged, he is ill prepared for the training and fighting, but he gets by with the help of his friends. Soon, however, he is sent to a different unit without them. Lonely and unsure of what to do on his own, Billy runs off and meets up with a runaway slave, Elijah. Together, and with the help of the Underground Railroad, the two make their way north to their fates. This young adult novel inspired by a real person, Billy Laird, and an actual event is a tale of friendship, loyalty and compassion and will enthrall readers of all ages. It was painstakingly researched by Flahive and provides a wealth of information about Mainers role in the Civil War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939017284
  • Publisher: Islandport Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 864,934
  • File size: 885 KB

Meet the Author

Jean Mary Flahive, who has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War, is a member of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. She has taught college courses and has worked as a grant writer, fundraiser and project developer. She has won numerous awards for her work and community service. Billy Boy is her first novel. She lives in Falmouth, Maine, with her husband.
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"Billy stood in front of the fire and watched a heavy mist creep through the camp. Drizzle seeped through his clothes, chilling him. Finally he ducked into the tent and found Leighton on his knees spreading the blanket across a floor of hay before he crashed his bulky frame down on top of it. Billy sat down beside him, pulled off his boots, and rested his chin on his knees.
"Leighton?" he asked quietly.
"Yeah?"
"You scared of fightin'?"
"Naw." He heard Leighton yawn. "Wrestled too many ornery bulls to be scared of a few Johnnies."
"You thinkin' I'll be a good soldier?"
"Don't rightly know if I'll be a good one." Leighton yawned again, rolled on his side.
"We gonna die? Harry says we won't take a bullet-"
"Truth is, we ain't all comin' back, Billy Boy."
Leighton's words frightened Billy. Staring into the darkness, he hesitated for several moments.
"If I don't like it and all, can I go home? I can find my way."
"Ain't none of us goin' home for a long time. We do what the army says now."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Not just for young adults

    I'm a middle-aged voracious reader and Billy Boy kept me riveted. This novel is based on a true story and extensive research (make sure you read the afterword.) Since reading Billy Boy I'm much more interested in learning more about the Civil War. This is a book for all ages and would be a good choice for an 'All Community Read'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    From the moment I read the prologue re: Abraham Lincoln, I was hooked, and swept through the pages in one continuous sitting! The author placed me right down in the middle of the Civil War observing events through the eyes of a runaway slave and a slow-learning Union soldier. The characters are so realistic that you feel as if you personally know them. This is a heart-tugging, historic novel that can be read by all ages, but which should be added as supplementary reading material for all American history teachers as well as Civil War buffs. This is a keeper !!

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