Frank Thompson by Bryna Stevens
Her Civil War Story

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Provides a fascinating portrait of Sarah Emma Edmondson, a young Canadian woman who disguised herself as a man to avoid an unwanted marriage and distinguished herself during the Civil War by masquerading as a male nurse and spy for the Union Army.
 

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Published October 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster (Juv). 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War, Children's Books.

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While the tale's full of action and adventure, thoughtful readers will also be interested in Emma's struggle against women's second- rate status, the contrast between the romantic vision of war and its grim reality, and the intriguing question of who may have detected Emma's female identity.

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Stevens soundly advises readers to make up their own minds about the accuracy of each episode in the life of ``Frank Thompson,'' in reality Emma Edmonds (1841-1898), a Canadian-born woman who ran away from an arranged marriage, disguised herself as a man and served in the Union Army.

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