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A Ballad of the Civil War by Mary Stolz
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A Ballad of the Civil War

by Mary Stolz

Other authors: Sergio Martinez (Illustrator)

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This short, easy to read book is written in a poetry/prose style that I think works very well for it. It is a story of two brothers who grow up as the best of friends, but eventually end up on opposite sides in the Civil War - one a Union soldier, the other a Confederate.
It is an intriguing plot-line, but don't expect it to be broadened upon in any great length - the book itself is barely 100 pages, if that.
I liked the ending, and the prose writing style of this book a lot, but I think the author could have done a lot more with it. ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 25, 2010 |
This book is a great example of historical fiction because it is a story about 2 twin brothers who grew up at the time the civil war was growing into being as well. The two brothers took two different sides of the war and were torn apart. This book realistically portrays the why the civil war was known as the "brothers' war" and truths about the war itself.
Media Used : Color Pencil
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
  sturnbull05 | Jan 5, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590819267, Paperback)

Tom and Jack Rigby were as close as close could be. And Aaron, a slave boy at Rigby Plantation, was almost as close to the twins as they were to each other. Tom didn't dream that anything could ever come between them.

He was wrong.

On their ninth birthday, Tom and Jack learned that they would never see their friend Aaron again. Aaron was getting too uppity, said Father, so he had him sent away from the Big House to live down in the quarter.

Eleven years later, it is Tom who is leaving the Big House. He is riding north to enlist in the Union army, leaving behind an unforgiving brother who will never understand why Tom will not - indeed cannot - defend their father's right to own people.

Inspired by a nineteenth-century ballad that she learned as a child, Mary Stolz has created a moving and dramatic story about two boys growing up in an era that sadly ended in a "brothers' war."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:06 -0400)

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Weary of the war, a Union lieutenant recalls his life with his twin brother on their family's Virginia plantation and the events that led them to fight on different sides in the Civil War.

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