BILLY AND THE REBEL by Deborah Hopkinson

BILLY AND THE REBEL

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this upper-level Easy Reader, a young Confederate deserter repays with a courageous act the Gettysburg family that shelters him. As the great battle rages nearby, Billy and his mother huddle anxiously in their farmhouse—joined in the night by a trembling young soldier who begs asylum. Dressed in new clothes and warned not to speak lest his accent give him away, the fugitive silently helps when marauding soldiers demand food, then as the defeated southern army retreats, rescues Billy, who recklessly antagonizes a passing horseman. Floca depicts the young folk and the farm, but not the battle itself, in sketchy watercolors; Hopkinson follows up with a note explaining that the episode is based on a true story. The theme of friendship across lines of antagonism will kindle deep responses in more than just students of the Civil War. (map) (Easy reader. 7-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-83964-2
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2005




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