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Children's LiteratureBooks concerning the American Civil War are plentiful; books pertaining to the American Civil War that hold the interest of upper-elementary-age students are not as numerous. Luckily, this book falls into the latter category. Constructed like a comic book, the story of John brown and his valiant efforts to free slaves is told. The illustrations tell the story as much as the text does, but even the most reluctant reader will be impelled to read in order to understand the sequence of events. Factually accurate in the primary portion of the book, it is supplemented by two more pages of facts in the back of the book (John Brown had 20 children and was 59 when he raided Harper's Ferry in 1859) along with a glossary, websites and recommendations for further research. Part of the Graphic History series that includes numerous titles, including Lords of the Sea: The Vikings Explore the North Atlantic, The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft and The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Highly recommended. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan