Twelve-year-old Annie Gordon, disguised as a boy, sells herself as a substitute soldier and joins the Portsmouth Rifles of the 9th Virginia Infantry as they march north to Gettysburg. In Gettysburg lives fourteen-year-old Tillie Pierce, the frivolous daughter of a local merchant whose romanticized notion of war is immediately disabused when the fighting begins. Also in Gettysburg are Grace Bryan and her father, who refuse to flee with the other free blacks who fear that the rebels will arrest them as fugitive slaves.
Pickett's Charge, the suicidal assault led by Robert E. Lee on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, was a valiant effort but stunning defeat for the Rebel army. It serves as the powerful climax of this Civil War novel, told from the viewpoints of three girls.
In this riveting historical fiction novel, the stories of three young girls interweave during Pickett's Charge, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War: Tillie, a witty, sharp-tongued Union supporter; Grace, a free African American; and Annie, a Southern girl disguised as a male Confederate soldier....The three protagonists charge ahead, despite the sorrow and fear that surrounds them. They keep their faith and bravery in not only their surroundings, but in themselves. The author's note contains information on the main characters of the story, along with other books to explore on the relevant subjects. Miller shares with readers that all history is, indeed, a story." — Krista Welz, School Library Journal
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|Aug 1, 2014