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From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil…

From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story

by Deborah Hopkinson

Other authors: Brian Floca (Illustrator)

Series: Ready-to-Read (Level 3)

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A ready-to-read" book which is one step below "ready-for-chapters." So, about age 7. Gracefully and simply tells a true story, including some of the complexity about things like Johnny's initial ambivalence. Includes note to the reader about the history and the story behind the story." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Little Kid Reaction: "Wow, that's sad ... but good, too." I thought the book would be too young for our daughter, but she looked beyond the easy words to the story.

Big Kid Reaction: I am really glad I found this book. It focuses less on the issue of slavery and more on Johnny McCline's life and character. As an adult, and having read other accounts, it seems a little Pollyanna-ish, but I liked it for its focus on personal responsibility and perseverance.

Pros: This illustrated biography introduces new readers to the personal, true story of a slave who fought for the Union Army in the Civil War.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689839669, Paperback)

Johnny loves his uncle and his master's mule, but he hates being a slave. So when he's asked to join the Union army, he accepts. Being a soldier is hard work, and Johnny wonders if he made the right choice. But when the army needs him, Johnny knows it's up to him to come to the rescue!

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A boy who hates being a slave joins the Union Army to fight for freedom, and proves himself brave and capable of handling a mule team when the need arises.

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