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Bull Run

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  904 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman's fictional treatment of this Civil War battle is an intimate and sweeping portrait of this period in human history.

Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.

Supports the Common Core State Standards
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 31st 1995 by HarperCollins (first published 1993)
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Okay, this is partly the fault of Paul Fleischman and partly the fault of my teacher. I had this book as a summer reading assignment and it reads like it's written for much younger readers. The characters have no personality, and are all annoying. And there are too many of them. I think the ones that annoyed me most were Shem Suggs not only because of his weird name, but because of his weird obsession with horses. I have a bestie who is obsessed with horses, and its not annoying at all. But this ...more
Mrs. Van
May 27, 2012 Mrs. Van rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
Common Core Reading Standard 5.RL. 6 states "Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described. Paul Fleishman's book provides a perfect opportunity to address this standard. This historical fiction novel presents narratives based on the experiences of the civil war representing sixteen different viewpoints. Stories are told from the points of view of males and females, northerners and southerners, blacks and whites, and youths and adults. Students can expl ...more
Sam B
Sep 22, 2010 Sam B rated it it was ok
Bull Run is a historical fiction novel that uses different point of views of characters to tell a story. This is a very creative way to tell a story, however, the book can be very annoying and frustrating to read because the reader keeps jumping around from character to character. I found it hard to read this book because the reader often forgets about a character and is forced to go back and read about that character again and again. This book is also very short and doesn't really satisfy the r ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Lizzette rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone
this book is o.k, it tells you different characters perspectives, but it's really boring. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't get bored easily.
Amber M
Oct 30, 2013 Amber M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-40-file
Genre: Historical Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Award
Grade Level: 5-6

Bull Run would be a wonderful book to read to the students while studying about the Civil War. This book is told through 16 different characters. Different personalities and positions offer students a variety of characters with whom they can identify. For a follow up activity I would ask the students “How did reading different accounts help us to understand the war?” I would have them write a short essay for this question.
Jun 12, 2009 Gordon rated it really liked it
After reading this book, and Seedfolks, I find myself really enjoying stories told from multiple perspectives. I think this will be a useful book for my Humanities unit.
Jan 05, 2017 James rated it liked it
For any teachers looking to present different perspectives of a well-known event in the Civil War, this is a great text. Providing 16 different witnesses to history gives a chance for readers to step into unfamiliar shoes and see history through different lenses. However, the structure of the book makes some of this difficult. A handy list at the end breaks down who the characters are and would make a lot more sense placed at the start of the book. I recommend using a character chart of some kin ...more
Alec Bongiovanni
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman is about people who are in one of the battles in The Civil War .The main character is a 11 year old boy Toby Boyce from Georgia who plays the fife.Toby Boyce is desperate because on Page 13 he says that he wanted to kill a Yankee .He knew that he would never be able to look 18 so he over heard that the soldiers needed musicians to play for their soldiers.Then Toby said"I meant to join the band".After, he said that he played the fife even though that was a big lie.Also ...more
Breanna Johnson
Oct 07, 2016 Breanna Johnson rated it liked it
Bull Run

I read a book called Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. The book was about multiple characters who all experienced, in their own ways, the battle at Bull Run. All their stories were told about when the first Bull Run happened and what they were going to do to help out. It was written like a journal. The story was about the characters joined the army or they joining some please were they did not have to fight but help in some way.

In my opinion I don't really like this story as much as I thoug
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

In sixteen different voices from both sides of the Civil War, Paul Fleischman's 1993 novel Bull Run relates the events of the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. Included in the cast are men and women, black and white, who range from soldiers on the battlefield to artists and newspaper reporters, a young fife player, and a real-life general named Irvin McDowell.

There are a lot of characters in this short book, and even with wood carvin
Jun 07, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
In this piece of Historical Fiction, award winning author Paul Fleischman takes us back to the Civil War and its many perspectives. In this novel Fleischman looks at the civil war from 16 very different points of view. The book is conveniently formatted into 1-2 page chapter, each by a different character. The diverse set of fictional characters (and one real one)eight Northern and eight Southern, black and white, male and female, describe their personal experiences with the start of the Civil W ...more
Brittany Davis
Dec 01, 2013 Brittany Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Junior Book Log
Title: Bull Run
Author: Paul Fleischman
Category: Fiction Choice #2
Source: Textbook pg. 5

This is another novel I read with my fifth grade practicum students and I absolutely loved this experience as well. The teacher had actually bought a tape with this book, but instead of a normal voice this tape had a different voice for each character. The characters also spoke as that person might, whether it be a black man from the North or a plantation owner in the South. The author tells ab
Feb 24, 2016 Kylee rated it really liked it
For my February book report, I read Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. This book genre is historical fiction. I know that it is historical fiction because the events in the book did happen, but most of the characters where not actual people during that time. This book had many micro-settings. This was because there were 17 different perspectives of the war. The macro-setting was in Virginia in the 1860's. Some of the main characters are Lily Malloy, Gideon Adams, Dietrich Herz, James Dacy, Nathaniel ...more
Chloe Weintraub
Feb 15, 2016 Chloe Weintraub rated it liked it
The book Bull Run by Paul Fleischman was about all races and ages during the Civil War between the Union and the Confederate. This book explained the harsh conditions of the war and how hard some characters had tried so hard to be able to fight in the war or even just play in a band for the North or South. Kids of all ages had dreamed of killing a soldier on the opposite side of them. There was a family in the book that had their son leave to fight in the war. In this book, I learned the pain of ...more
Derek P.
Feb 25, 2015 Derek P. rated it it was ok
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman, is a historical fiction novel and a story. It portrays the lives of many people who were connected or directly involved with the famous battle. Some people talk about their horrific experiences within the battle or how it affected them. These stories are mostly very grim or sad. I rated this book 2 stars because I enjoyed the history behind it. I believed the author portrayed the battle correctly. What I didn't enjoy about this book was the characters. I thought most ...more
Daniel Daponte
Sep 18, 2013 Daniel Daponte rated it liked it
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman is a novel about the first major battle of the civil war as told from 16 different points of view. Told in vivid detail this novel is great at capturing the spirit of the people during this time (or at least what I think they were like). The authors style makes you think of a theater play in your head which is an interesting way to present a historical event. Paul Fleischman also finds a way to capture all of the different types of people through the characters which ...more
Brooke Minor
Feb 01, 2016 Brooke Minor rated it it was amazing
This book is called Bull Run and the author is Paul Fleischman. This book is all about the battle of Bull Run but each chapter is about a different character. The book includes everything that happened during the battle of Bull Run and everything that happened after the battle was over. It was really interesting how every chapter had a different setting and a different person telling their own story.

I really liked the chapters that the women were writing because they always had a very interestin
Jan 15, 2015 Hailey rated it liked it
This book was, surprisingly, good. When I first picked the book up, I thought that it would be like every other historical novel..... boring. I really only read this book because I had to. This really goes to show you that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

The book starts off at the beginning of the Civil War.... the Battle of Bull Run.(hence the name) It changes from multiple points of view (POV). In the beginning of the battle, spectators were amused by it, they had picnics and celebrat
Feb 22, 2010 Waldmar1000 rated it it was ok
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman is a book I give 2 stars too. This is because I have many complaints about this book. First, This book jumps from one character opinion's to another making it confusing sometimes. It would be eaiser if Paul wrote the comp...more Bull Run, By Paul Fleischman is a book I give 2 stars too. This is because I have many complaints about this book. First, This book jumps from one character opinion's to another making it confusing sometimes. It would be eaiser if Paul wrote ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Shanna rated it really liked it
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman was a nonfiction book about the Battle of Bull Run because it was based on true events and real settings of the war. The setting is in many different places during the time period of 1861. The war mainly took place in Virginia. Some characters such as Colonel Oliver Brattle takes place in South Carolina, Lily Malloy in Minnesota, Shem Suggs in Arkansas, and Gideon Adams in Ohio. Some of the characters have family in war, are in the war, supply the war, photography, or ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Denisse rated it liked it
The book bull run is a current book about, different kind of people who have suffered or have had good tmes in there past. Some of the people in this book were in war,there were also women who have worked as slaves for there chieves. So these people who have suffered in the past had a chance to say how they felt, what did they do in their lifes as they were younger.

Anyways... this books main characters are about Tocy Boyce,General Irvin Mcdowell,and Gideon Adams.These three men how they felt t
Gabby Marchica
Jan 16, 2015 Gabby Marchica rated it liked it
I really liked this book because I was able to learn about an event in America's past that I didn't know before. Some parts were sad, happy, adventurous and that is why it's such a great story to read during your middle school years. I really like the structure of this book as well.

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman tells about the first main attack during the civil war. It is told from the point I view from sixteen different characters and each one is different. For example, some are from the union,
Ethan Bell
Mar 03, 2015 Ethan Bell rated it it was ok
This book was very confusing. Bull Run had 16 different characters, 8 of them were from the North, and 8 of them were from the South. I thought it was hard to keep track of who was who. Sometimes, I would find myself thinking about a different character and reading about a different character. Also, I would find myself thinking a character was from the North when he was really from the South, or vice-versa.

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman tells about the first main attack during the civil war. It is
Susie White
In Bull Run, Fleischman depicts the epic first battle of the American Civil War from 16 different characters. From Confederate generals, to slaves, to a girl in Minnesota whose brother fought for the Union, almost every imaginable angle during the time of the event is displayed. The book describes the victory of the Confederacy and how no one expected the war to last as long as it did. I found the story to be very helpful in understanding the Civil War but a bit complicated to keep track of each ...more
Eric Thomas
Mar 30, 2012 Eric Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: engl-420

Paul Fleischman delivers an intriguing nonfictional telling of the events leading up to, and the battle at Bull Run. It's the recollections and journal entries from both Union and Confederate soldiers and citizens that tell of the time in the Civil War when the nation first really understood what war really was versus the glorious spin they had originally been placing on it. New insights are given such as how Stonewall Jackson got his name. Was it because of his stalwart
Mar 23, 2009 Donovan rated it it was amazing
this book was very interesting..i got to learn from several different peoples point of view what the first battle in the civil war was covered several people including slaves,generals,and buglers just to name a few...i would reccomend this book to anybody just so they can learn how it was way back when.when you read this book it really gives you an idea how warfare was back really shows how crude the medical procedures were and how the body toll in the civil was so massive.when ...more
Chris Estevez
Sep 20, 2009 Chris Estevez rated it it was ok
Laura Verret
Sep 12, 2016 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
In this slim book, Paul Fleischman creates the stories of sixteen different individuals whose lives were affected by the Battle of Bull Run. Some of those individuals are Northern in sympathy – some are Southern. Some are white – some are black. Some are free – some are enslaved. All are passionate.

Fleischman does a splendid job painting a full canvas. He doesn’t pretend that all northerners – or all southerners – were motivated by the same reasons. He admits the variations and explores them. He
Mar 10, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
I was helping my son with a Civil War project for school and picked up this book for him. Well, after reading the glowing starred reviews inside the front cover, I started reading it myself and found it to be a jewel of a book. It is brief, but powerful. The story of the beginning of the Civil War and the Battle of Bull Run is told from the perspectives of 16 different people. I thought that it was very effective, poetic, and engaging. It would make a great addition to a classroom discussion of ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Waldmar1000 rated it it was ok
Bull Run, By Paul Fleischman is a book I give 2 stars too. This is because I have many complaints about this book. First, This book jumps from one character opinion's to another making it confusing sometimes. It would be eaiser if Paul wrote the complete passage of one character, and the same to the rest. Next, I find Bull Run has an extremely boring set of opinions, which is irritating. I also don't like the fact on how all characters in the book are ficition. So actually, the author wrote the ...more
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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