An engaging volume in a popular series which tells background stories of the youth of characters in history. Clara Barton, who was founder of the Red Cross, was youngest of a lively brood and she grew up in the pre-civil war years in New England. Anecdotes of her youth show her as a painfully shy child who became bold when confronted with need for boldness- charmingly told for young readers. She was the first woman to organise a unit to work on a battlefield with the wounded; she became a great figure in the annals of medical history. Sound background material with story quality.