With Every Drop of Blood by James Collier
A Novel of the Civil War

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Fourteen-year-old Johnny promised his father, who was gravely wounded while fighting for the South, that he would take care of the family and not run off to fight. But when there's a request to take his mules and wagon on a bold mission to supply the Rebel troops, Johnny can't resist the chance for revenge as well as a good payday. Times are tough without his father on the farm, and food is scarce for everyone. But his plan goes awry when he's captured by Cush, a runaway slave. Johnny doesn't like taking orders from a black man, but he has no choice: He's heading for prison camp wondering what will become of his family and himself. Along the way, he learns some surprising views about the war, forms an unlikely bond with Cush, and finds his long-held feelings about the issues surrounding the Civil War brought into question. This critically acclaimed novel is geared for children Grades 5 and up.
 

About James Collier

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About the Author: James Lincoln Collier has published over fifty books, including Decision at Philadelphia, a highly regarded study of the Constitutional Convention which he co-wrote with his brother Christopher Collier. A leading jazz historian, he has also received a Newbery Honors Medal, a Christopher Medal, andhas twice been monimated for the National Book Award. He has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Studies in American Music. Collier is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by AudioGo. 260 pages
Genres: War, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Before dying of a wound, Pa extracts from Johnny a promise not to become involved in the Civil War and to care for the farm and family.

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PW called this work ""a strong, affecting picture of the Civil War era...

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When the war ends, Cush and Johnny set off toward home together, the latter observing, ``For sure it is going to be a long time before kids of slaves and kids of slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood,'' but adding that staying friends is worth a try.

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