The Tamarack Tree

The Tamarack Tree

by Patricia Clapp


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Orphaned at thirteen, Rosemary Leigh was transplanted from England to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1859. Four years later, to distract her from her fear as cannonballs batter the besieged city, Rosemary writes about what she has been through.

While she has been growing up, enjoying the social pleasures of a Southern young lady, the tensions between North and South have developed into civil war. Because she is English, Rosemary brings an outsider's perspective to the issues that sparked the conflict, but nonetheless she is torn between her sense of outrage at the very idea of slavery and her feelings for the Southerners she has come to love. For Rosemary, her brother Derek, and their American friends -- old and young, white and black -- the disastrous siege of Vicksburg comes as a crucial test of courage and the will to survive.

Once again, Patricia Clapp has created a heroine of wit, charm, and indomitable spirit in a vividly evoked historical setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140324068
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/01/1988
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Patricia Clapp was born in Boston and attended the Columbia University School of Journalism. Her first novel, Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth, was a runner-up for the 1969 National Book Award for Children's Literature. Her other books include, I'm Deborah Sampson, King of the Dollhouse, Dr. Elizabeth, and Jane-Emily. She describes herself as primarily "a theatre person"; she has worked with her community theatre for over forty years and still writes and directs plays for children. The grandmother of ten and great-grandmother of one, Ms. Clapp lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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Tamarack Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 13 and I couldn't put this book down. I was assigned to read a Civil War book for my reading class. Well I picked this one. I read it over the weekend and well that is pretty good for me. I hope everybody reads this book. Patricia Clapp did great on this book. It is almost like reading a journal. This girl goes through something most people would never think of. I hope you read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful story puts all of Rosemary's feelings and wit to the test.She had made many friends,but when the war started she cherred for the north because she does not belive in slavery.A tale a survial and love lost and found.The Tamarack Tree is great read for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Tamarack Tree is a wonderful story of love and courage set against the vivid background of gallantry and turmoil of the darkest days of the Civil War. It is, however, probably more for younger readers.