Broken Drumby Edith Morris Hemingway
This story of Charley King, a 12-year-old drummer boy from Pennsylvania, who is caught up in the excitement and patriotism during the early stages of the Civil War, is based on an actual person. Mustered into Company F of the Pennsylvania 49th Volunteers in September 1861, his journey begins with the defense of Washington as part of Major General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Charley is involved in the transport of that huge army down the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, and then, by land, the grueling progression of the Peninsula Campaign and its disappointing retreat, eventually arriving at the Battle of Antietam.
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Right from the beginning the reader is gripped as they are taken into the life and times of Charley. This is historical ficion at it's best. It is based on a real person who served as a drummer during some of the most horrific battles of the Civil War, however it is not too graphic. An excellent resource for classrooms.
This book is great for fifth graders and over. I read this book when I was in grade five and now I'm in grade seven. When you read this book it keeps you on the edge of your seet from begining to end. As you read the characters are as real and alive as can be. Once I started reading I could not put the book down and was done with it in about a week! I think this book would be great for any history or action lover because Broken Drum is historecly accurate and full of battles. Don't take my word for it, read it yourself! And also this same book is also sold as DRUMS OF WAR.