Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender by Carrie Jones
The True Story of a Civil War Spy (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

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Sarah Emma Edmonds started pretending at a very early age. Her father only wanted sons, so Sarah pretended to be one. Unlike most kids, though, Sarah never really stopped pretending. In 1861, during the U.S. Civil War, Sarah pretended her way into the Union Army, becoming a male nurse named Frank Thompson. Being a nurse didn't quite satisfy "Frank," though. She wanted to keep her fellow soldiers from getting hurt. So when the Union Army needed a spy, she leapt at the chance. While still pretending to be Frank, Sarah also pretended to be a male African American slave, a female Irish peddler, and a female African American laundress. She slipped behind enemy lines time after time, spied on the Confederate Army, and brought back valuable intelligence to the Union. Sarah was not only good at pretending; she was also very brave. Later in life, Sarah Emma Edmonds wrote a book to tell her story. She explained, "I am naturally fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic." She was also truly a great pretender.

About Carrie Jones

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Jones is an award-winning author who graduated from Vermont's College's MFA program. She is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and other uses for duct tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award. She lives in Maine.
Published April 1, 2011 by Carolrhoda Books. 1 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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As far as we know, Sarah Emma Edmonds began dressing as a boy early on, in an attempt to please her abusive father, who hated girls.

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Edwards then joined the Union Army, first as a male nurse, then as a spy, passing herself off as a slave and, later, as an Irish peddler: "She was a woman (Sarah) pretending to be a man (Frank) pretending to be a woman (Bridget)."

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~ Earl Hamner (The Homecoming) Miss Michael Learned earned 3 Emmy Awards for her role as Olivia Walton.When I heard June 6th was National Applesauce Cake Day, the first person I thought of was Olivia Walton.Though she and Grandma spend a lot of time in the kitchen serving up good old-fash...

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