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Caves, Cannons and Crinolines

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On Thursday, May 21, 1863, a mortar shell rips through the wall of fourteen-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford's bedroom. Afraid their home is no longer safe, her mama, Susan, rushes Lizzie and her younger brother, Nathan, to the cave, where she plans to live until the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ends. Lizzie, however, has her own plans: to enlist in the Confederate ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Paladin Timeless Books
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N.A. Sharpe
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Stowe McClure is an award-winning, multi-published author. In Caves, Canons and Crinolines she delves into the pages of history, bringing them to life in this young adult historical novel. The story has been inspired by events of the American Civil War, and chronicles the hardships and triumphs of her engaging characters as the horrors of war invade their lives.

Fourteen year old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family live in war-torn Vicksburg. The family is deeply involved with the
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Stephanie Burkhart
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
McClure crafts a compelling young adult novel that takes place during the Civil war with Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. (for those that don't know, a crinoline is a hoop skirt which was in fashion in the mid 1800's.)

Set in 1863 during the Yankee siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford's life has turned upside down. Her house has been shelled more than once, so her mother takes the family to a nearby cave. Lizze's family consists of twelve-year-old Nathan, h
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Susan
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Most of us have read about the American Civil War, Mrs. McClure gives us a chance to live it through the eyes of Lizzy, a 14-year-old girl who is determined to help the South send those darn Yankees back to the North where they belong. Their beloved family home isn’t safe anymore, and if the war keeps up any longer, it will be unrecognizable from all the rubble surrounding it. Lizzy hates those cannons. She hates living in a cave even more, but what really gets her ire up is seeing how much thos ...more
Katherine
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Stowe McClure has crafted an accurate and exciting historical novel for young adults in Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. She describes the Siege of Vicksburg through the eyes of a young Southern girl, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stamford. Lizzie and her family, consisting of her mother, younger brother, Nat and their two servants have to live in a cave during the siege in an effort to keep safe from the Yankee bombardment. Her father is a doctor who cares for the wounded at the local hospital and ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by Beverly Stowe McClure, I am astounded by how much better her newest book is than the last. All of her books for teens that I’ve read have strong female leads, but the addition of her younger brother, Nat, in this book will also allow it to appeal to young men. While Rebel in Blue Jeans and Just Breeze were contemporary stories, with Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, McClure shows she can write an excellent historical. I absolutely loved this book!

Having studied the Amer
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Sandra Thompson
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is the story of fourteen year old Lizzie and her family in Vicksburg during the American Civil War. It's not just a fight for survival for Lizze and her family, with cannons dropping on their house, food shortages, and wandering vagabonds. Lizzie must also grow up and find her place in the world, as a woman, a sister, and maybe one day, a partner.

As soon as I started reading this book, I knew I was in good hands. From page one, the book laun
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Donna McDine
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year 1863 finds outspoken, 14-year-old, Lizzie Stamford at a crossroads of what her parents believe to be acceptable behavior for a young lady, and secret desire to join the Confederate Army disguised as a boy. Her two brothers, Willie and Joseph willingly joined the Confederacy to defend Vicksburg from the Yankees and Lizzie longs to be part of the glory. Her blind courage brings her into the midst of a battleground at nighttime. Much to her dismay war is not what she believed it to be. The ...more
Beth
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is turned upside-down for 14-year-old Elizabeth Stamford when her hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi is under siege during the Civil War. Forced to vacate her home and live in a cave with her family, Lizzie ends up learning firsthand about war: its horrors and unfairness. Through an unexpected alliance, Lizzie learns that what side you are on isn’t as important as what’s in your heart.

Ms. McClure did a lovely job bringing Lizzie to life. I enjoyed the young heroine’s spunk, impulsiveness an
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Victoria Simcox
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At the time of the American Civil War, Elizabeth Stamford and her clan’s everyday existence is hard tried. Lizzie, at a tender age of 14, chose to register in the Confederate Army. Severed from the remainder of the world, Vicksburg is blockaded. Bombarding Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses S. Grant and his troops are aiming to regulator the great Mississippi River. Love, harmony and refuge is a universal necessity thread in this read, and author Beverly Stowe McClure has outdone herself in ...more
Darby Karchut
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great way to learn about the Civil War through the adventures of a spunky heroine. Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines belongs in every history classroom! Well done, Beverly Stowe McClure.
This YA novel has been submitted to the Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.
Wanda Porter
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
A young girl encounters death and a bit of romance while her family is trapped in Vicksburg during the Civil War. Tween and teen girls will enjoy this story.
Christine
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Darby Karchut
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sweet tale about a young girl coming of age during the Civil War. A good read to learn some history while being entertained.
Kai Strand
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
The main character, Lizzie, is a wonderful blend of strength and vulnerability. She is faced with changes in her life that she neither wants nor likes and she is determined not to accept all of them. The supporting characters in this story are equally likeable and very believable.

This historical fiction is steeped in emotion, danger and trauma. It is so compelling that I didn't realize I was approaching the end (read it on my Kindle) and was sorely disappointed when I found I had reached it. I w
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Liz
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I liked the writing style, but I hated that it was about the Civil War and never really addressed slavery or "states' rights."
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Most of the time you'll find Beverly in front of the computer, writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. Other times she's snapping pictures of wildlife, clouds, and flowers. She has fifteen books published for children and teens, some of them award winners, like the Children's Literary Classics, Sharp Writ Awards, and Next Generation Indie Awards, as well as others.

To relax she plays the
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