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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rinaldi Narrator: Kathy Garver Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Claire Louise Corbet has never had trouble making up her mind. She knows what she wants and how to get it. But when the Yankee soldiers shell their town, she begins to discover that decisions are not always black and white, and they are anything but easy. For forty-seven days, the Union army lays siege to the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, forcing Claire Louise and her family to flee their home to live in the safety of a nearby cave. When her beloved brother Landon, a doctor in the Union army, shows up one day with a wounded Confederate soldier named Robert, Claire Louise knows there’s more to the story than she is being told. Eventually she learns that Robert is responsible for allowing an order from Robert E. Lee to fall into Union hands, causing the South to lose the Battle of Antietam. As a captain in the army, Landon is honor-bound to turn Robert over to authorities. But if he does, Robert will most assuredly be tried for treason. This knowledge weighs heavily on Claire Louise as she takes it upon herself to make a difficult choice between family and friend…and live with the consequences of her decision. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/9/2014

    " Claire Louise Corbet and her family live in Vicksburg, Mississippi during the Civil War. The town is split with friends and family who have joined both Confederate and Union sides of the war. Claire's older brother Landon attended Harvard and joined the Union army as a doctor while Claire's father joined the Confederate cause as a doctor in Lee's army. When the Union army was laying seige on the town of Vicksburg, Landon returns with a Confederate soldier, Robert, whom Landon had been treating for his injuries. Landon is stuck knowing that he could be court martialed if he does not turn in this Confederate soldier, but they have become friends so the decision is not easy. Claire doesn't allow her brother to turn Robert in because she gets involved with helping Robert escape on her beloved horse Jewel. Claire learns a great deal about family, sibling relationships, love, and war in this Rinaldi novel. I was disappointed the novel was so short. I think Rinaldi could have developed the story more, but as usual, Rinaldi "takes the reader there" and shows us what living in Vicksburg would have been like during the Civil War. Epilogue, Author's Note, and Bibliography complete the text. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie | 12/26/2013

    " I am a fan of Rinaldi's historical fiction for children and teens. This book focused on the Siege of Vicksburg during the "War of Northern Aggression" (as they still call it in the South). I believe that it would appeal to children ages 10-12, but I believe that most teens would be bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Team Jem | 12/8/2013

    " I was in love with this book. I liked how close Landon was to his siblings and vice versa even though.there were some pretty big age differences. Landon and Claire Louise were my favorite characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Audrey | 11/27/2013

    " Probably more like 1.5 (I try to reserve 1 stars for books I really hate). This was definitely not one of Rinaldi's best. The plot and characters seemed all over the place, and I really didn't even care. I just wasn't invested in the storytelling. "

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