How I Found the Strong: A Civil War Storyby Margaret McMullan
In 1861 Frank “Shanks” Russell wishes he was old enough to fight for the South alongside his pa and big brother. But Frank is too young, skinny, and weak, and is left behind with his mother and grandparents. Life in Mississippi was simple before the war between North and South. Now Frank’s boyhood is gone forever, along with his dreams of heroic battles. The shortages and horrors of war reach his home as he scrounges for food and water, and sees both Confederate and enemy soldiers at their worst. As time goes by and Frank’s friendship with Buck, the family slave, grows, he questions more and more who is the enemy and why the terrible war is being fought.
Florence H. Munat
- Random House Children's Books
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- 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.38(d)
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- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Margaret McMullan lives in Evansville, Indiana, with her husband and son. Margaret was born in Newton County, Mississippi, near Smith County, where How I Found the Strong is set, and the main character is based on her grandmother's great-uncle.
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How I Found the Strong is a great book! This book was given to me as a school assignment. At first I thought it was going to be a bad book, because it deals with the Civil War. But, it turned out to be pretty good. I liked the characters personalities and the authors choice of words.
I read this book months ago and find myself mulling over the story and Addy's sense of personal responsibility, rightness and her courage. Good book for a discussion group or class.