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Bull Run

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  662 ratings  ·  136 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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Mrs. Van
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
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 1 of 5 stars
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.
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
Amber M
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.
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
Gabby Marchica
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,
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
Jonah Covert
"Bull Run" by Paul Fleischman is an okay book. I would definitely not give this book a thumbs up. I'm not saying that this book was bad, it's just not good. Their was too many characters. It was hard to keep track of all of them. If the characters weren't so spread out it would have been better.

"Bull Run" by Paul Fleischman was about the battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. It is from the point of view of 16 different people who were their at the time. Most of them were soldiers. Some of them in
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.
Grace Fitzmaurice
In my opinion, I don't really think the book kept me on the edge of my seat. I honestly had a difficult time staying in the book because it felt like it dragged on and it didn't grasp my attention.
This book was about the Battle of Bull Run brought to life by sixteen different points of view, Northern and Southern, male and female, and black and white. Slaves, people in the army, painters, etc. also contributed to the story.
This book wasn't very interesting for someone to read for fun but I d
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
Holly Beck
For this month's book I decided to read "Bull Run" by Paul Fleischman. "Bull Run" is an actual event that did happen but the characters are not real, which makes this book fall under the historical fiction genre. Paul Fleischman gives voices to 16 completely different narrators. Narrators that are old or young, black or white, Northern or Southern, and male or female. This book tells a brilliant story about Bull Run with many different point of views. The reason I rated this book 3 stars was be ...more
Sienna Kloss
For this month's book I read "Bull Run" by Paul Fleischman. This book is in the genre of Historical Fiction Novel, because it is about a real historical event that happened but it uses made up characters to tell the story. the book "Bull Run" is about blacks and whites, wives and husbands, and soldiers and colonels. This book is set in the time of the Bull Run war where the characters in the book are writing journal entries. I rated this book a four out of five stars because I thought it was in ...more
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
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
Daniel Daponte
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
Brittany Davis
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
I'm rating this book with four stars because of its historical relevance. The point of view from sixteen different people powerfully depicted the many sides of the beginning of the Civil War conflict. From a reader's point of view, though, the book was a challenge to follow. I had to look back and refresh my memory on many of the characters in order to maintain the flow of action. Still, I could see this book used effectively with middle grade students in a readers theater format.
Reily Riemersma
This book is about one of Americas most historical periods of time. a time that changed America forever. the civil war. the north against the south. good versus evil. We clearly all know that the north wins which ends slavery.

The illustrations of this book were very well done. it gives you a perspective of what everything was like back in that day. it gives you a real incite of what was going on. The pictures are well drawn and in detail.
I read the book "Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. This book was based on a true story so the genre of this book is nonfiction. It was about the battle of bull run. I liked this book because it was something different, the author wrote the point of views of other characters. He made it so you can see what other people thought and how they saw it. So each chapter was a new person. I would rate this book a 4 stars out of 5!
Robert Smith
A great book for middle schoolers in our area (Manassas, VA)! It feels likely to pique curiosity for these students in multiple directions (social studies, geography, name study, icon design). However, while the structure of the story provided a promising premise, it did not seem to develop into a complete ending. Yes, we learn the outcome of Bull Run, so from a social studies perspective it helps to achieve its goals. I just hope teachers are able to use it as a jumping point to meaningful lear ...more
Eric Thomas

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
Alison Cahanes
The book, "Bull Run" is by Paul Fleischman. It is a historical fiction novel. I rated this book a 4/5 stars because it has thrilling events but it wasn't my favorite. This book is about different people and their stories during the battle at bull run. There are soldiers, negroes, wives etc. This is a really interesting book and I recommend trying it out.
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
Bull run, by Paul Fleischman, was a brilliant book about the American Civil War, but the twist he added to this book was that the story was told by sixteen points of view. The narrators were male and female, northerner and southerner, white and black so you can get a 360 view and all of the opinions of the war. You get to see of how the slaves worked for their masters and dream of escaping to the northerners, how men fought in battle eager to kill an enemy, how boys cried over the lose to their ...more
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman is about different people telling their different points of views during the civil war. Each person had a different point of view because they were either black or white or man or woman, so they either get treated better or worse. So it's like many short stories.

This book really gets confusing, since there is many people telling there own story. Also sometimes they talk more than once, so you need to be real careful not to get lost. This is one of the reasons I rate
Chris Estevez
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
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
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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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