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Watcher in the piney woods
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid, 1958-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Company Publications, 2000.
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
In 1865, while helping her family keep their Virginia farm going through the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie meets a Confederate deserter and a Yankee prisoner of war and tries to discover who has been stealing from the farm.
General Note:
"American girl."
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 4.0 50169.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 8 Quiz: 22613.

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Central Library X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Eggertsville-Snyder Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Elma Library X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Hamburg Library X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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In 1865 near the end of the Civil War, Cassie stumbles upon a crazy deserter hiding out near her Virginia farm. She's worried about her family's safety, and wonders if he is watching them from the woods, planning to steal--or worse?

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-The final year of the Civil War has brought hard times to much of the South, including the Willis homestead in southern Virginia. Day-to-day problems are commonplace, but nothing could prepare the family for the devastating news of oldest brother Jacob's death in battle. Then, while grieving privately in the nearby woods, 12-year-old Cassie is terrorized by a crazed and violent Confederate deserter, escaping only because of her dog's courage. A search indicates the man has moved on, but after a short time, things inexplicably begin to go missing from the house and farm. Cassie wonders if the family is really safe, and determines to find out why she often feels she is being watched. The puzzle is worked out in an entertaining, if lightweight, plot, offering enjoyable leisure reading. The appended six-page historical view of 1865 gives an appealing, concise glimpse at a pivotal year in U.S. history, accompanied by excellent black-and-white and full-color illustrations from the period.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Poke Saladp. 1
Chapter 2 The Letterp. 13
Chapter 3 Alone in the Swampp. 26
Chapter 4 Homep. 37
Chapter 5 Suspicious Charactersp. 51
Chapter 6 Missingp. 57
Chapter 7 Noisesp. 65
Chapter 8 Yankee!p. 73
Chapter 9 Vengeancep. 83
Chapter 10 Gus's Revelationp. 90
Chapter 11 The Cavesp. 96
Chapter 12 Tracking Down a Scoundrelp. 103
Chapter 13 A Discoveryp. 112
Chapter 14 Invader in the Thicketp. 119
Chapter 15 Homecomingp. 130
A Peek into the Pastp. 139

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