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Rifles for Watie

Written by Harold Keith
Published by HarperTeen
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Sep 25, 1987
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Winner of the Newbery Medal An ALA Notable Children’s Book Winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

A captivating and richly detailed novel about one young soldier who saw the Civil War from both sides and lived to tell the tale.

Earnest, plain-spoken sixteen-year-old Jeff Bussey has finally gotten his father’s consent to join the Union volunteers. It’s 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff is eager to fight for the North before the war is over, which he’s sure will be soon.

But weeks turn to months, the marches through fields and woods prove endless, hunger and exhaustion seem to take up permanent residence in Jeff’s bones, and he learns what it really means to fight in battle—and to lose friends. When he finds himself among enemy troops, he’ll have to put his life on the line to advance the Union cause.

Thoroughly researched and based on firsthand accounts, Rifles for Watie “should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people” (The Horn Book).

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Who Wrote Rifles for Watie

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Harold Keith

<p>Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in <em>Rifles for Watie.</em>A native Oklahoman, he was edu-cated at Northwestern State Teachers College at Alva and at the University of Oklahoma.</p><p>While traveling in eastern Oklahoma doing research on his master’s thesis in history, Mr. Keith found a great deal of fresh material about the Civil War in the Indian country. Deciding he might someday write a historical novel, he interviewed twenty–two Civil War veterans then living in Oklahoma and Arkansas; much of the background of <em>Rifles for Watie</em>came from the note-books he filled at that time. The actual writing of this book took five years.</p><p>Since 1930, the author has been sports publicity director at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has a son and daughter.</p>

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780064470308
Publication Date:
September 25, 1987
ASIN/ISBN 10:
006447030X

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