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Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hard ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Feb 20, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Based on a possible childhood experience of President Woodrow Wilson, this tale is set in Wilson's boyhood hometown of Augusta Georgia. The tide has turned in the Civil War and the South is losing ground. Refugees and wounded soldiers pour into Augusta, and Tommy Wilson's church is turned into a hospital. He meets a young Yankee soldier disguised as a Confederate from Mississippi. After hearing his story and also the story of an enslaved man he knows, Tommy agrees to help the Yankee escape to th ...more
May 23, 2012 Gphatty rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, history
The book is good, but slight. Perhaps that is necessary, when introducing topics of war and slavery to young children, for whom this book is intended. I wanted more -- if only more plot, or more characterization, but that might just be my adult reading voice speaking. It is a very cute book, though, and I do believe that younger children might even find it exciting.
Aug 06, 2016 Tami rated it liked it
Escape By Night is told by Tommy, a 10-year-old boy in Georgia during the Civil War. His father is a pastor whose church has been transformed into a temporary hospital to accommodate the large number of wounded Confederate soldiers returning from the front. When he sees an arriving soldier unwittingly drop a book in the street as he is being carried into the hospital, Tommy picks it up to return it to him. When Tommy realizes his new friend is, in fact, a Yankee soldier in disguise, he must mak ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Margaret rated it liked it
Shelves: level-elementary
5/19/12 ** This was an unexpected find when I attended an Indiana SCBWI conference with my husband and was browsing the bookseller's display. I typically wouldn't have bought a new,hardback for my classroom, but thought the topic and ease of reading made the book worthwhile.

Tommy's father is the pastor at the Presbyterian church in their small, Georgia town. When floods of wounded Confederate soldiers arrive by every train, the church is converted to a hospital. Tommy sees a one-armed man drop a
Margo Tanenbaum
Jun 10, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it
This beginning chapter book provides an exciting Civil War story suitable for readers in second to fourth grade. When a wagon full of wounded Confederate soldiers rolls into their Georgia town, Tommy notices a small notebook belonging to one of the soldiers falling out of the wagon, and sends his faithful greyhound dog Samson into the street to fetch it. Tommy's father's the minister of the local Presbyterian church, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital, filled with "a heavy, over-tow ...more
May 23, 2016 Liz rated it it was ok
12th read aloud of 2015-2016. And one of the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees for next year. I was a little disappointed. The premise was interesting. About a boy (Tommy) in 1863 Georgia who discovers a Yankee soldier hidden among wounded confederate soldiers. Tommy grapples with the issue of slavery and has to decide whether or not to report the Yankee. Good introduction to the Civil War. Just way too simple. And way too many God references for a public school. Kids rated it an average of 3.28 stars ...more
Ms. B
Aug 02, 2016 Ms. B rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mhl, 2016
A quick little read based very loosely on the childhood of future president Woodrow Wilson. Young Tommy (Wilson's first name was Thomas; Woodrow is his middle name) is growing up in Augusta, Georgia during the Civil War. His father's church has become a hospital for injured soldiers. What happens when one of the injured soldiers he meets is from the northern states?
Dornel Cerro
Jul 24, 2011 Dornel Cerro rated it really liked it
Ten year old Tommy McKnight is a stanch supporter of the Confederacy. His father’s church in Augusta, Georgia has been converted into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. There, Tommy and his dog, Samson, befriend Redmon “Red” Porter, who doesn’t seem to share the same views on the war that Tommy has been taught. When Tommy realizes that Red is a Union soldier, he must decide whether to help him escape or turn him in to the authorities. This fast paced, action packed story, touches on ma ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Culleen rated it liked it
just a quick lunchtime read at work. Well written for 3rd to 5th graders
Kate Hastings
Grades 2-4. RL 520. Civil War Fiction. Boys will especially enjoy this story of Tommy and his sister who watch the church-turned-confederate hospital across the street as soldiers are brought in and out. One day they see a book fall out of an injured soldier's hand. Could it be battle plans? A diary from a fallen general? Afterall, it must be a very important book for a soldier to have brought it to war and kept it so close. But the book isn't all what they expect, nor is its writer. Both hold a ...more
Eileen Charbonneau
Jun 09, 2011 Eileen Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
Myers and Bates raise the tight format of a short chapter book to new heights as not a word or line of illustration s wasted in this beautifully crafted story. Escape by Night mixes suspense and adventure with real moral dilemmas involving loyalty, love of family and slavery. Sampson the wonder dog is a great bonus! Highly recommended!
Kyra Harwell
Mar 08, 2012 Kyra Harwell rated it liked it
This book is about a young boy that has a hard decision to make. He doens't want to break the law but he knows he has a Christian duty. He can't decide what to do until he hears his father's sermon one Sunday morning. Then he knows what he must do. A sweet story.
Miss Amanda
gr 3-5 120pgs

Octobe 1863 Georgia. When Tommy visits the hospital in town for Confederate soldiers, he meets Red and discovers that Red has a secret. Red is a Union soldier! Should Tommy keep Red's secret or should he help him escape?
Jul 01, 2012 A.J. rated it really liked it
A book I ran across while shelving in the children's library. I loved reading historical fiction as a kid, and it was a refreshing little read. Interesting story and good way to introduce the major moral dilemmas of the Civil War era.
Nov 18, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Nine year old Tommy McKnight knows where to put his trust and loyalty: God, family, his beloved Georgia, and the Confederacy. But what will he do when being loyal to one makes him disloyal to another?
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Sep 10, 2011 Amanda [Novel Addiction] rated it liked it
Shelves: for-work
Good book for juveniles/middle grade. Good message about mercy and doing what's right, as well.
Short historical fiction based on the childhood of Woodrow Wilson. 120 pp.
Edward Sullivan
Good, fast-paced mix of adventure and history.
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Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children, including Surviving Brick Johnson, an ALA notable book, and Lewis and Clark and Me, winner of the PA Children's book award and Honor book for Michigan. Her books have been on the International Reading Associations Children's Choice, Parents' Choice, and Teachers' Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many ...more
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