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Juliet's Moon by Ann Rinaldi
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Juliet's Moon

by Ann Rinaldi

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This is a YA historical novel about the Civil War in Missouri. Juliet Bradshaw's parents are dead, and she has been left in the care of her brother Seth, a member of William Quantrill's gang. Juliet becomes a part of western MO Civil War history, as she finds herself in the Kansas City prison collapse which triggers Quantrill's raid on Lawrence KS. Juliet and her family are fictional, but their adventures are interspersed with the real characters & drama of the time. This is the sort of book that students should be reading to learn about history. ( )
  tloeffler | Apr 14, 2013 |
More Civil War nonfiction by Rinaldi, this one based on an actual event. Teenage Juliet's brother rides with Quantrill's Raiders, a renegade Confederate unit. Juliet is among a group of female relatives of the Raiders who are captured by Yankees and imprisoned in a dilapidated house in Kansas City. Then the building collapses, killing most of the young girls inside. Fascinating, riveting look at a tragic historic incident that most of us know nothing about.
  petrini1 | Jan 4, 2012 |
12 year-old Juliet from Missouri, finds herself on the southern side during the beginning of the Civil War. Her father is killed by Yankees, therefore, comes under the supervision of her older brother, Seth, who is part of William Quantrill’s guerrilla outfit. Told from Juliet’s point of view, she is captured by the Yankees and placed in a Kansas City prison for being kin to one of Quantrill's men. The building collapses, but she is able to escapes; however, most of the other young girls die. She has learns her brother participated in Quantrill’s massacre of the city of Lawrence. Next “Bloody” Bill Anderson kidnaps her, but Sue Mundy, a female Confederate solider, recuses her and Juliet's adventures continue. The author develops personalities for several real-life characters as well as her own fictional characters. At the end of the book the reader can find additional information about the sources the authored used. While there are multiple books, fiction and non-fiction, on Quantrill’s Raid, this is one of the few from a YA view--a definite original. Rinaldi captures the historical accuracy of the event with an entertaining flair. Recommended for grades 5-8. ( )
  nicoally | Oct 10, 2011 |
During the Civil War, Juliet Bradshaw's older brother Seth rides with Quantrill's Raiders in Missouri. This was a group infamous for its revenge tactics -- when the Yankees would burn farms and shoot Confederates, the Raiders would find Yankees for similar treatment. Riding with Quantrill is Sue Mundy, who was the most famous double agent of her time. Juliet doesn't like Sue, as she sees her as a rival for Seth's affections for his sweetheart Martha, but Sue comes to the rescue for Juliet more than once and earns her respect. Juliet, Martha, and the other sisters, wives and girlfriends of the Raiders are arrested by the Yankees and held as spies in an old house that ends up collapsing and injuring all of them and killing some. This was the real event that caught Ann Rinaldi's attention and brought her to creating Juliet's story. Juliet is a tough chick inside a Southern belle, and there are a lot of sides to war shown here that don't get attention often. 7th grade and up, good for the 8th grade Civil War unit, obviously. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
Fairly decent historical fiction YA novel, except it was very hard to take it seriously with the ridiculous photograph of Anastasia.
GAHHH!!! Bad cover art people!!! ( )
  FutureMrsJoshGroban | Mar 18, 2011 |
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War is turning Juliet Bradshaw's world upside down. Her brother, Seth, rides with William Quantrill's renegade Confederate army, but he's helpless when the Yankees arrest Juliet along with the wives and sisters of Quantrill's soldiers as spies. Imprisoned in a dilapidated old house in Kansas City, Juliet is one of a handful of survivors after the building collapses, killing most of the young girls inside.
When she's reunited with her brother, Juliet finds the life she had previously known is gone. Surrounded by secrets, lies, murder, and chaos, she must determine just how far she will go to protect the people and things she holds dear.

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In Missouri in 1863, twelve-year-old Juliet Bradshaw learns to rely on herself and her brother, a captain with Quantrill's Raiders, as she sees her family home burned, is imprisoned by Yankees, and then kidnapped by a blood-crazed Confederate soldier.… (more)

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