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Children's LiteratureCarolrhoda's attractively illustrated "On My Own" series recreates momentous historical events in terms accessible to young elementary readers. Although eleven-year-old Willie McLean's family moved twice to escape the Civil War, Willie misses the boom of cannons and soldiers' battle cries. But in April, 1865, he is discouraged to see deserters and exhausted Confederate soldiers trudge past his western Virginia home. Willie watches in disbelief as his hero, General Robert E. Lee, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant in Willie's own front parlor. Using a true incident in McLean family history, Ransom personalizes Lee's surrender at Appomattox. More than a bystander to the event, Willie shares in the humiliation of defeat and rages at the affront to his family when Union officers plunder the furniture of the room where the two generals met. One officer even takes sister Lula's doll, which is finally returned to the Appomattox Museum 100 years later. The Afterword expands the narrative beyond Willie's limited perspective with a brief description of the tragic war that took 625,000 lives. A useful tool for the social studies curriculum. 2005, Carolrhoda/Lerner Publications, and Ages 7 to 10.