Shades of Gray

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A 12-year-old Virginia boy struggles to adjust to a new family following the deaths of his parents and siblings. Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Winner of the Scott O'Dell award.

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 ...

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Overview

A 12-year-old Virginia boy struggles to adjust to a new family following the deaths of his parents and siblings. Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Winner of the Scott O'Dell award.

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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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: 9780812496253
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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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