THE STORM BEFORE ATLANTA by Karen Schwabach

THE STORM BEFORE ATLANTA

Age Range: 9 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fantasizing an heroic battlefield death, 11-year-old Jeremy DeGroot leaves Syracuse, N.Y., for the war in the South. As a drummer boy with the 107th New York Infantry, he learns truths about war and slavery as they slog toward Atlanta in 1864. His story is intertwined with that of 11-year-old Dulcie, an escaped slave who works for the regiment’s Dr. Flood. Jeremy quickly discovers that war is chaotic and frightening. His messmates make fun of him, he’s tired and hungry and he's unsure where the battle lines are. He’s grateful for a clandestine friendship with a young Confederate soldier, Charlie, with whom he trades food and conversation—but Charlie has his own secrets. As a surgeon’s assistant, Dulcie participates in an endless round of amputations; Jeremy gets to bury arms and legs. Richly detailed and well paced, the story provides both well-developed characters and plenty of suspense and gore. For those who like to know the facts behind historical fiction, the author provides historical notes and selected sources. An appealing Civil War title for readers with strong stomachs. (Historical fiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: Dec. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85866-6
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2010




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