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Death on the River by John Wilson
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Recommended for gr. 6-9. Mild expletives, war imagery. The story opens with Jake about to leave a hospital to return home at the end of the Civil War. The reader learns about his story in flashbacks. The war that Jake experiences is not glorious and heroic, it is full of death and unfairness. The story may appeal to boys who like blood-and-guts war stories, although much of the story takes place at the Andersonville prison camp and very little during actual fighting. It would have been nice to have had a historical note - the descriptions of Andersonville and the ship Sultana are accurate according to Wikipedia :-).
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