Shades of Gray

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689826962
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 67,451
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 0.40 (h) x 7.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    The best book ever

    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

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    One of the few books you'll always remember

    Great book! I read it in the 5th grade, and I still remember as one of those books that I learned something from.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    Shades of Gray the book of the season

    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

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Actually pretty good!

    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!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    Shades of Greatness

    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)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Still reading, but really good!

    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!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Loved it

    This book deserves 1,00,000 awards it was so good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Bad

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    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    omg!

    if was an awful book it was so boring it doesnt even deserve a 1 but in some parts it was good but in others it wasnt. it seemed to go on and on about piontless things

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2002

    Shades of Gray Isn't That Great After All

    I thought that Shades of Gray was a good book in some ways but kind of stupid, boring, and kind of pointless in others. The good thing about it was that it really showed what it was like after the Cival War and what a bad time it was. And in other parts of the book the author didn't really explain things good enough to understand clearly.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    very interesting

    when i saw the book i thought no not another historical fiction it was bad enough with secret soldiger but this was pretty good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    WORST BOOK EVER!!!

    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!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Very good details

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Awsome

    Best book ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Hgfbygygghgh

    This book sucks wouldnt buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Im confused

    Is the book a good book or not . Everyone sayin different things

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Well, this is one of my very favorite books concerning America's

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    I am in the middle of this book and so far I am liking it. But it doesn't have a good hooking first chapter, so don't judge it by its first chapter.

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Boo

    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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    OMG THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!!

    ILOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!READ IT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!OR NOW!!!!!! I SAID NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST KIDDING ! LOL!!!!!!:);):)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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