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Charlotte Spies for Justice: A Civil War Survival Story
Twelve-year-old Charlotte lives on a plantation in Richmond, Virginia, where the American Civil War is raging. All around her, citizens and the Confederate army are fighting to protect slavery -- the very thing Charlotte wishes would end. When she overhears the plantation owner conspiring against the Confederates, Charlotte knows she must join forces with her. Maybe togeth ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Stone Arch Books
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Nov 28, 2019 Tracy Mitchell rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This was purchased for my 3rd graders. I wanted to bring more female protagonists into their reading lives. I think my students would find this story intriguing. The story is fast moving and leaves room for discussion. I like that the author included her rationale for writing about this particular topic and situation.
I enthusiastically recommend this short chapter book in the new Girls Survive historical fiction series for elementary readers. Charlotte Spies for Justice: A Civil War Survival Story is based on the true story of two extraordinary heroes during the Civil War: Elizabeth Van Lew, who ran an extensive Union spy ring in Richmond, Virginia, the capitol of the Confederacy, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a formerly enslaved woman who could have stayed free in the North but chose to risk her life and freed ...more
Jan 17, 2021 Becky B rated it really liked it
Charlotte is a 12 year old former slave who Miss Van Lewis freed. Now Charlotte works for Miss Van Lewis at her estate in Richmond, Virginia. The Civil War is raging between the North and the South, and Miss Van Lewis is caught in between. She's in the heart of the South but very vocally supports abolition, and as Charlotte discovers, is helping feed information to a Union general. Can Charlotte help Miss Van Lewis help the North while keeping the Southerners clueless about what they are doing?
Charlotte Spies for Justice: A Civil War Survival Story by Nikki Shannon Smith and Alessia Trunfio is a story based on the events of a girl trying to help the Union during the Civil War. When she overhears a plantation owner conspiring against the confederates, she decides to help and ally with the women. I think this is a great read. It teaches children about history while still being child-friendly. I think this book is great for ages 7-10. It has a lot of diversity and a view of what life was ...more
I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and now live in Davis, CA with my husband and two children. I love to read, write, listen to music, dance, act silly, and visit the coast. I've worked at elementary schools for over 25 years, and love spending my days with children. My books include: The Little Christmas Elf (2011), Treasure Hunt (2019), Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival ...more
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