Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

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by Carolyn Reeder
     
 

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The Civil War may be over, but for 12-year-old Will Page, the pain will neverend. And now Will has to go live with his Uncle Jed, who refused to fight forthe Confederate cause. See more details below

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The Civil War may be over, but for 12-year-old Will Page, the pain will neverend. And now Will has to go live with his Uncle Jed, who refused to fight forthe Confederate cause.

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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:
9780689838668
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/02/2000
Series:
Two Thousand Kids Picks Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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