Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CHAPTER BOOK: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Thomas and his litter sister, Birdie, are slaves during the Civil War. When Thomas is in danger of being sold to more brutal slave owners, the two run away. After a long, difficult journey, they end up with a group of Union soldiers who care for them. The kids hear stories of the war - and they see it's horrors first hand at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Another great story in this historical fiction series. My students can't get enough of these, and I know they are going to love this, too. This is an honest story of war without being excessive about the reality of war and slavery. Thomas and Birdie are great characters. Tarshis does a great job of providing a satisfying ending without resorting to an unrealistic "everything is perfect" ending which would be rare in a wartime situation. I bought this book from Scholastic in a book fair preview pack for our school's spring book fair. This is one my students will be very excited about!!

4 out of 5 stars
This book has not released yet, so there is no AR level at this time.

Recommended for: readers in 3rd grade and up, fans of historical fiction, fans of previous books in this series, fans of war stories, classroom teachers looking for material for Black History Month in February.

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