Drummer Boy by Ann Warren Turner
Marching to the Civil War

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A thirteen-year old boy lies about his age to join the Union forces during America's bloodiest war. No matter what happens, a drummer boy in the Civil War must keep playing his drum to relay orders and rally spirits. He doesn't fight, but he sees it all: from the glow of the camp fire to the glare of battle, the drummer boy watches the friendships that war creates and then breaks apart. Ann Turner's powerful text and Mark Hess's stunning artwork reveal the drama and heartache of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a boy not too young to be a hero.

 

About Ann Warren Turner

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Turner lives with her husband, Richard, and their two children, Benjamin and Charlotte. Hess was a rodeo bull rider before attending the University of Colorado and majoring in fine arts. He lives with his wife and three children.
 
Published August 1, 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An appealing Civil War story about a 13-year-old boy who proved to himself that he was useful, despite the opinion of his father: “Pa said I wasn’t much use, not like my brother, Jed, who left before me.” When the nameless boy hears President Lincoln speak, the appeal for help seems to be directe...

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Turner (Dust for Dinner) takes readers to a Civil War battlefield in this disturbing picture book narrated by an idealistic 13-year-old. The premise is much the same as that of Gary Paulsen's novel So

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The ending misfires: the boy bitterly blames Lincoln for making him ""see things no boy should ever see."" Hess's (Hercules: The Man, the Myth, the Hero) atmospheric, dramatic scenes capture period touches as well as the serenity of rural life and the action of combat.

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