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The Songs of Stones River: A Civil War Novel
by Jessica S. Gunderson (Goodreads Author)
This historical novel tells the story of two boys living in the South during the tragic days of the Civil War. James is a proud Southerner who feels responsible for providing for his newly widowed mother and hisyounger sister. Eli is the lone outdoor slave of a bitter man who sold off Eli's mother two years earlier. When circumstances force them to work side by side, each ...more
Hardcover, 89 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Stone Arch Books
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This is a great book to teach in the classroom. I used it for my 3rd-5th graders earlier this year and they simply loved it. Because I work in an urban school area most of my students related more to Eli than James. Some were also confused as to why James kept asking Eli questions about being a slave that were obvious to them. So I had to explain to them that James and Eli are from two different worlds and how they didn't understand each other. Although James was white, he was still poor and his ...more