Redheaded Orphan

Redheaded Orphan

by Lucille Travis, L. Travis
     
 
Travis's Ben and Zack series follows the lives of a Quaker pastor's child, Ben, and his black friend, Zack, at the beginning of the Civil War. In The Redheaded Orphan Ben moves to Minnesota and Zack goes off to be a drummer in the Union army. The Union Army Black follows Zack's adventures as he sees first-hand the treatment of black soldiers and the horrors of war.

Overview

Travis's Ben and Zack series follows the lives of a Quaker pastor's child, Ben, and his black friend, Zack, at the beginning of the Civil War. In The Redheaded Orphan Ben moves to Minnesota and Zack goes off to be a drummer in the Union army. The Union Army Black follows Zack's adventures as he sees first-hand the treatment of black soldiers and the horrors of war.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
Third in the "Ben and Zack" series, this latest installment follows twelve-year-old Ben and his family to Bellfield, Minnesota, where his father has been appointed pastor. Times are hard for everyone, given the toll of the Civil War, which affects Ben in a way he does not expect. He distracts himself with a new friendship with Jamie, an orphan of a Sioux Indian attack; but even his friendship with Jamie ends up being put to the test under the accusations of the town's bad-tempered schoolmaster. Though this is fiction, readers will be drawn in by Ben's adventures and the drama of life in America in the 1860s. One caution though: Travis's characters are entirely believable. As a result, some of the characters and their actions may be disturbing to younger readers. Nevertheless, Redheaded Orphan demonstrates the effects of the Civil War and the segregation of the Native American peoples with greater clarity then most history textbooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801040238
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
Ben and Zack Series, #3
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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