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Soldier Boy

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This gripping historical novel set during the final years of the Indian Wars explores army life in the American West as it details one boy’s struggle to become a man.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 10th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Whit
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes war stories with adventure
I learned of the struggles of army life, and that someone who is alone can do great things.
Cadei
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
this was a pretty good book. you get to learn about the army back in the old days. it is suprising how much has changed and you get to learn all about it. this book doesnt start out boring either. its exciting the whole way throught the book. the ending is even better than the begining. i hope more people read this book.
penelopewanders
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Read this thinking it might be something to do with my class some time. It was a good story, although there would be a lot of background material to fill in with a general EFL class (and it's a bit too easy otherwise)... found the end a bit surprising. Made me want to watch Little Big Man (with Dustin Hoffman) again.
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Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice short novel about a boy in Colonel Custer's army. Great detail helped me imagine what it might be like in a post civil war cavalry. And it's historically accurate. Probably not for anyone younger than fifth grade. Main character is 16, but it was easy to read and understand.
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SFrick
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Soldier Boy was excellent and action packed.
The detailed account gave one a feel for the reality of that time in our country's history.
I wished the author spoke more about one of the characters named The Scholar.

I found the conversations between him and the main character,
Johnny ``The Kid'' McBane, thought provoking.

While some have argued about the " introductory note's mention of being, `thoroughly researched historical data''", less than the truth, I repeat, it gave one a feel of the times.

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