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Title:
Rifles for Watie
Author:
Keith, Harold, 1903-1998.
Personal Author:
Edition:
[First Harper Keypoint edition].
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 1987.

©1957
Physical Description:
xi, 332 pages : map ; 18 cm
General Note:
"A Harper Keypoint book."

On cover : "Winner of the Newbury Medal."

Originally published : 1957.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 14.0 75.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.1 21 Quiz: 09745 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780064470308

9780690701814
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Newbery Medal * An ALA Notable Children's Book * Winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

A captivating and richly detailed novel about one young soldier who saw the Civil War from both sides and lived to tell the tale.

Earnest, plain-spoken sixteen-year-old Jeff Bussey has finally gotten his father's consent to join the Union volunteers. It's 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff is eager to fight for the North before the war is over, which he's sure will be soon.

But weeks turn to months, the marches through fields and woods prove endless, hunger and exhaustion seem to take up permanent residence in Jeff's bones, and he learns what it really means to fight in battle--and to lose friends. When he finds himself among enemy troops, he'll have to put his life on the line to advance the Union cause.

Thoroughly researched and based on firsthand accounts, Rifles for Watie "should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people" (The Horn Book).


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Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-Harold Keith's 1957 Newbery Award winner (HarperCollins, 1987 pap.) provides a broad overview of the Civil War in the Midwest while focusing on the adventures of 16-year-old Jefferson Davis Bussey. This recording does an excellent job of presenting the story to a new generation of students. Narrator Tom Stechschulte brings each character to life with his excellent renditions of their voices and personalities. There is some violenceÄgeneral war acts and a firing squad deathÄbut nothing is described too graphically. There are many jump-off points for class discussion.-Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.