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STONEWALL HINKLEMAN AND THE BATTLE OF BULL RUN by Michael Hemphill

STONEWALL HINKLEMAN AND THE BATTLE OF BULL RUN

by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3179-0
Publisher: Dial

Instead of playing his beloved Game Boy, wisecracking Stonewall Hinkleman spends his weekends reluctantly playing bugle boy at the Civil War reenactments to which his lame and geeky parents insist on dragging him. If that wasn’t bad enough, he’s soon hauled into actual battle by none other than the real Stonewall Jackson, who tricks his young namesake into going back in time to the Battle of Bull Run. Stonewall must follow a South-will-rise-again fanatic named Nathan Bedford Dupree and thwart his plans to change the course of the Civil War so that the South wins. Why doesn’t Stonewall Jackson side with Dupree? Because he has come to “understand the extraordinary injustice of slavery,” of course. When Stonewall Hinkleman meets his Hinkleman ancestor and gets to know some other soldiers, the sharp lines between right and wrong finally blur a little, but never as much as one would expect in a work that dares to take on this morally tangled premise. A fast-paced, on-the-preachy-side time-travel adventure that could, almost despite itself, spark some fascinating discussions. (Fantasy. 10-14)