The American Civil War: The American Civil War
The American Civil War: The American Civil War
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Series: Guts & Glory Vol. 1   

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Annotation: An educational collection of amazing-but-true facts about the Civil War shares accounts of such events as female spies fighting for the Rebel cause, cavalry rides in enemy territory, and the reelection of President Lincoln.
Catalog Number: #88039
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Butzer, C. M.,
Pages: 317 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-316-32050-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-32050-4
Dewey: 973.7
LCCN: 2013041699
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Popular blogger and Civil War reenactor Thompson kicks off the Guts & Glory nonfiction series with an entertaining overview of the war that divided the nation. While each chapter covers a battle, such as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Shiloh, this endeavor is not a greatest-hits recap. With a focus on heroes or "villains" rather than political statements, the battle descriptions feature the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts (one of the first African American regiments recognized by the Union), Belle Boyd (a Confederate female spy who smuggled messages to Stonewall Jackson), a great locomotive chase, the first battle between metal warships, and one of the last cavalry melees in military history. What brings these events to life, particularly for reluctant readers, is Thompson's spirited, conversational narration (e.g., the Confederates took the USS Merrimack and "upgraded it like an iPhone," encasing it in four inches of iron plating). Dramatic sketches, period photographs, battle statistics, and related facts from food and music to sharpshooters and the Mason-Dixon Line should keep students engaged.
Horn Book
In an amped-up voice laced with (somewhat forced) slang and conversational asides, Thompson--a Civil War reenactor and history buff--introduces pivotal battles such as First Manassas, Shiloh, and Chancellorsville and important individuals, including Robert E. Lee. Folded in throughout are pages devoted to facts and figures, reproductions of period maps, and enlightening sidebars. The pencil sketches are fresh and immediate. Bib., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; In this first of a series, history buff and reenactor Thompson displays a solid knowledge of the Civil War, hampered by an overreliance on "hip" prose. He ably covers major battles, campaigns, and figures in a roughly chronological order, mixing informational passages and fact boxes with colorful action sequences in each chapter in what could potentially have been a winning formula to grab and hold the attention of young readers. Unfortunately, Thompson's colorful prose often veers into the realm of the bizarre. The repeated use of the word dude may seem odd coming from an adult author, and readers are likely to miss many pop culture references, such as a mention of the 1990s film Anaconda or a "Mike Tyson haymaker sucker punch." The many run-on sentences will leave readers at a loss. One such sentence describing Lincoln's situation approaching the election of 1864 ends by saying that his popularity didn't "necessarily mean that everything was coming up unicorns, rainbows, and smiley-face sunshine happiness roses of joy." Thompson takes a linguistic swing for the fences and ends up spinning around and falling down at the plate. There are many other books on the Civil War for this age range that will hold a reader's attention without the bamboozling prose.&12; Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-308) and index.
Word Count: 56,473
Reading Level: 9.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 9.3 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 170895 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z
History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! Contains awesome illustrations!


From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts.

History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!

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