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Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

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by Carolyn Reeder, Tim O'Brien
     
 

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COURAGE WEARS MANY FACES
The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone in his entire immediate family?
And now Will has to leave his comfortable home in the Shenandoah Valley and live with relatives he has never

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COURAGE WEARS MANY FACES
The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone in his entire immediate family?
And now Will has to leave his comfortable home in the Shenandoah Valley and live with relatives he has never met, people struggling to eke out a living on their farm in the war-torn Virginia Piedmont. But the worst of it is that Will's uncle Jed had refused to fight for the Confederacy.
At first, Will regards his uncle as a traitor — or at least a coward. But as they work side by side, Will begins to respect the man. And when he sees his uncle stand up for what he believes in, Will realizes that he must rethink his definition of honor and courage.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Orphaned by the Civil War, 12-year-old Ben learns some unexpected truths from his Uncle Jed, a ``coward'' who refused to fight in the war; PW said, ``thoughtfully told, the novel captures the hardships that followed the last war fought on U.S. soil.'' Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Reeder's ALA Notable tale takes on the Civil War after the fact, and on the side of the Confederacy. It's a narration of the trials and tribulations of young Will Page, orphaned rebel extraordinaire. After losing his Virginia family, Will is taken from the city of Winchester to live with his aunt and uncle in the country. He doesn't mind the unexpectedly hard labor around the farm, and he rather likes his younger cousin, Meg. What he can't accept is what he sees as cowardice in his Uncle Jed, who refused to fight for the South. Will has a lot to work out, and a huge chip to get off his shoulder, but finally learns the difference between cowardice and choosing to live by one's beliefs. This is a book that should elicit strong and useful debate in the American History curriculum.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689826962
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
147,764
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 0.40(h) x 7.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Shades of Gray 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! I read it in the 5th grade, and I still remember as one of those books that I learned something from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I thought about how sad it was to be living without a family after the civil war. Meeting some of my family that I have never met before would be really hard to get used to. I knew he could show his uncle Jed that he wasnt useless because he was from the city. I would seriously consider to read this book another time and another. It is sad and exciting at the same time. I hope everyone takes a chance in reading this book, Shades of Gray
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say it's the perfect book. This emotional book caries tears in your heart and makes you relize how lucky you are. Will's dramatic surfaces may be a little evil but he'll still steal a place in your heart.This will defintly be your favorite book.Once your done reading you'll see what I mean, and then you can tell your friends
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shades of Gray is a wonderful book. When My teacher first gave out the book I thought 'Oh great, another boring history book.' But I was wrong about this book. It was exciting, sad, suspenful all in one book. It deserves a 6 star rating. READ IT!!!!!!!!(you'll be glad you did)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my class first got handed this book as a lit set, we all groaned and moaned, and most of us thought 'boring'. It was suprisingly good. It was sad what happened to his family, but atleast he learned how to accept his uncle and the decision he made not to go into the war. And I liked how at the end everything worked out. It always does!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book deserves 1,00,000 awards it was so good
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i saw the book i thought no not another historical fiction it was bad enough with secret soldiger but this was pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!
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This book sucks wouldnt buy it
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I am still reading this book, but I already love it. I am on chapter ten. I'm so glad I chose to read this book!
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Is the book a good book or not . Everyone sayin different things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was in 5th grade I had to read this and it was hortible. I learned nothing from it and there was no action whatsoever. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK NO MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY! This book is sooooooo horrible!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Well, this is one of my very favorite books concerning America's Civil War! Actually, it's the fictional story of Will Page after the war ended. He is only 12 years old and had already lost his entire family. Will goes to live with his closest relatives, an aunt, uncle & cousin, that he doesn't know. Because Will is so upset about the war taking his family, he can't stand the fact that this new family of his didn't even fight in the war to protect the Confederates. Turning a city boy into a country boy might not be such a bad idea.. Check out this book. It is really worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book there were some good parts that i loved but it was sad and bad. I really love the last chapter when will likes his uncle fianally