A Ballad of the Civil War by Mary Stolz

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Twin brothers, nine-year-old sons of a plantation owner, share everything—except their different beliefs about slavery. As the political tensions rise in the South and the twins grow up, they are caught between their passions for their causes and their love for one another. When the civil war begins, the twins both go to war—to fight each other.

Mary Stolz deftly captures the spirit of the times in this emotionally charged story of two brothers growing irrevocably apart. This heart-breaking tale is prompted by a real ballad dating back to the civil war era, that the author learned as a child from her mother.

 

About Mary Stolz

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Mary Stolz published her first book for young people in Mary Stolz published her first book for young people in 1950 with Ursula Nordstrom and never looked back. Since then1950 with Ursula Nordstrom and never looked back. Since then, she has written more than sixty books, been published in n, she has written more than sixty books, been published in nearly thirty languages, and received two Newbery Honors (forearly thirty languages, and received two Newbery Honors (for "Belling the Tiger" and "The Noonday Friends"). "The Bully "Belling the Tiger" and "The Noonday Friends"). "The Bully of Barkham Street "is the sequel to "A Dog on Barkham Streetof Barkham Street "is the sequel to "A Dog on Barkham Street "(also available from HarperTrophy). Ms. Stolz lives on the "(also available from HarperTrophy). Ms. Stolz lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Gulf Coast of Florida. Deborah Hedstrom-Page is the author of many books. She speaks at women's events and also teaches writing. After fifteen years of widowhood and raising four children as a single parent, Hedstrom-Page recently married a pastor and lives in Springfield, Oregon. Sergio Martinez is best-known for his illustrations in books by Max Lucado ("You Are Special"). His paintings are exhibited around the world, and he lives in Mexico City.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Scholastic. 1 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although he listens reluctantly to the warnings of the household slaves (who maintain that making a fuss will only endanger Aaron), Tom defiantly gives his birthday toys away to the slave children.

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Elaborating on an old Union army song she heard as a child, Stolz (Go Fish) crafts a slender but emotionally charged story of twins who grow up to fight on opposite sides in the Civil War. Raised in V

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Elaborating on an old Union army song she heard as a child, Stolz (Go Fish) crafts a slender but emotionally charged story of twins who grow up to fight on opposite sides in the Civil War.

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