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Title:
Shades of gray
Author:
Reeder, Carolyn.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999.

©1989
Physical Description:
152 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.
General Note:
"Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award"--Cover.

"Aladdin historical fiction"--Cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 6.0 6028.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 9 Quiz: 10245 Guided reading level: W.
ISBN:
9780689826962

9780689838668

9780027758108

9780812496253

9781442013261
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Book

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COURAGE WEARS MANY FACES
The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone in his entire immediate family?
And now Will has to leave his comfortable home in the Shenandoah Valley and live with relatives he has never met, people struggling to eke out a living on their farm in the war-torn Virginia Piedmont. But the worst of it is that Will's uncle Jed had refused to fight for the Confederacy.
At first, Will regards his uncle as a traitor -- or at least a coward. But as they work side by side, Will begins to respect the man. And when he sees his uncle stand up for what he believes in, Will realizes that he must rethink his definition of honor and courage.


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Booklist Review

Orphaned by the Civil War, young Will painfully accepts his place in Uncle Jed's family despite the man's pacifistic convictions.


Publisher's Weekly Review

The Civil War has left 12-year-old Will Page an orphan, and he is sent to his mother's relatives in the country in Virginia. Prepared to hate his uncle, a ``coward'' who refused to fight for either side, Will slowly comes to respect the man's position. And as he fits into the hardworking farm routine, the boy discovers, to his surprise, that physical labor (which his parents' slaves used to do) can be rewarding. Will's coming-of-age story revolves around overcoming his prejudices about Yankees and Confederates. Thoughtfully told, the novel captures the hardships that followed the last war fought on U.S. soil. But Will's maturation feels too carefully mapped out, leaving the impression of didactic lessons learned; he seems less a real person than an example of error rectified. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved