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by Seymour Reit

Recounts the story of the Canadian woman who disguised herself as a man and slipped behind Confederate lines to spy for the Union army
Download Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (An Odyssey/great episodes book) epub
ISBN: 060604874X
ISBN13: 978-0606048743
Category: Children
Subcategory: History
Author: Seymour Reit
Language: English
Publisher: Demco Media (March 1, 1991)
ePUB size: 1431 kb
FB2 size: 1955 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 101
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The story of Civil War nurse, soldier, spy Emma Edmonds is perfect for kids. Unfortunately two attributes mar this telling of it. Readers are told the story is entirely based on fact with only some invented dialogue but there are no footnotes or attributions and many moments that seem too good to be true. Also Edmond's disguise as Cuff the 'spunky black slave' both strains credulity and is offensively worded. Can we really believe a Canadian young woman could successfully pass among African American southern slaves as a black man? The frequent references to his wooly hair grate and her espionage feels too easy: more Nancy Drew than reality.
My daughter read this book for her 3rd grade report. It’s a great story that sheds light on the era and the civil war at a child’s comprehension level, without being over the top and without being a dull. Many of her friends are now reading it.
I absolutely loved this book because it never got boring! the book gets better as the story continues. so if you read the first page and don't like it, keep reading. this was a really good book and more people should know the story of Emma Edmonds.
Interesting story. My son and I learned a lot reading it. We liked it so much we bought another book for a birthday present. The author, Seymour Reit, makes learning history fun and easy in this book. I have to admit, I did not think my son would like it. I was pleased when he shared that he loved it. Books like this one give us a different historical perspective as well as another look at heroism. I probably will read this book again. It is a compelling read.
I expected more depth but Reit writes for children, alot, and this fits the youth look at this amazing woman. He did have reference works listed, so I was able to search out more detailed information, not only on this woman Civil War soldier but on the others. I'd say this is a decent beginning to discovering how women dealt with overcoming and outmanoeuvring the social limitations put on women at the time.
While not a Civil War scholar, or even amatuer historian, I do know the Civil War was a turning point in so many ways. Slavery abolished, of course, but also changes in sociology, technology, communications, economics and politics can be traced to that national cataclysm. I've wanted to learn more about the Civil War and want my kids to have a greater perspective than I got in school on the war and it's aftermath. So I was interested to see this slim volume on a woman who joined the army, disguised as a man, and then who went on to become a spy, all while concealing her identity as a woman. Yes, I saw some of the reviews that criticized the book as being a series of discreet adventures rather than completely woven story of Emma Edmonds' life. In my experience, however, the book was perfect for middle schoolers. I could read one adventure at a time to them and each one was described in glowing detail. We were, literally, on the edges of our seats as we read them.

Additionally, the book provided enough about Emma's early and later life to give context to the stories. By the end, I could tell my kids cared about her and were interested in what happened to her after the war.

All in, this book met and exceeded my expectations. It gave my middle school kids a hook for further study about the Civil War and we all learned a lot.
My 11 year old read this for summer reading and couldn't put it down!!
I bought this for my 11 year old granddaughter, and being unaware of thus tidbit of history, decided to read it.

It is an absolutely fascinating tale of uncommon valor coupled with an amazing clever and resourceful mind.
If it were not known to be true, one might think it all fanciful fiction.