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Red Moon at Sharpsburg

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  548 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Award-winning author Rosemary Wells lays bare the senseless devastation of war in this stunning novel. As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn’t know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known. A timeless heroine of inspir ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Viking Juvenile (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lia
Nov 29, 2008 Lia rated it it was ok
Wells has obviously done a lot of research for this book. And it shows. Sometimes to good effect, but often to poor effect. Much of the book reads slowly, with each character obviously serving an illustrative purpose (this is the character who is the trouble-maker, this is the one who mothers the main character, this is the brilliant young scientist, etc.). The main character doesn't quite work. She gets away with just about anything and everything, and no one seems to be really concerned about ...more
Abby Johnson
Dec 19, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
When we first meet our main character, India Moody is 12 years old. She'd rather run with the boys and play their war games than sit inside with the girls. She likes school and is actually disappointed when the school is shut down because their teacher goes off to fight for the Confederates. With school shut down and the war picking up speed, India's best friend moves north to Oberlin, Ohio where there is a college that accepts women. India begins studying with Emory Trimble, a scientist who sha ...more
Betsy
Dec 29, 2007 Betsy rated it it was ok
As 2007 went on I started to hear more and more people talking up, "Red Moon Over Sharpsburg", by Rosemary Wells. It was low buzz, but sometimes low buzz is exactly the flavor of buzz that turns into awards and prizes later on down the road. Maybe this book was going to turn out to be some kind of surprise dark horse hit later in the year! I couldn't take the chance of not reading it, so it was plucked from my library's shelves and devoured on a long plane ride. Sadly, it is not the buzz-worthy ...more
Chris
Sep 11, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
I must have really liked this story of a southern girl during the Civil War because I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish it. India Moody is smart and tomboyish, two things not looked upon nicely in Virginia in 1861. The story develops two themes: India's desire to resist the whaleboned corsets and meek married life that seem to await her and instead go to Oberlin College and the horrors wrought on her family and town by the war. From an adult perspective, parts of the story may seem si ...more
Kayla Davis
Set during the time of the Civil War, this book depicts the story of a headstrong girl named India, who is determined to go against the tides of what is appropriate for women. When the Civil War breaks out in the South school is cancelled, but after proving that she is prone to don boy’s clothing and play war games in the street, India is sentenced to receive tutoring from a young man named Emory who is a friend of the family. However, it is not long before India has convinced Emory to ditch his ...more
Sarah Foote
The chapter book is historical fiction and takes place in Virginia. It begins right before the Civil War breaks out between the North and South. The story is told in first person narrative, by a 12-year-old India (girl) that experiences firsthand the traumatic events of the Civil War. Unlike other girls, India is interested in science and playing with the boys. India is from the South, the author is able to express the culture of the South and that the purpose of fighting for them was to preserv ...more
Lindsey
Red Moon at Sharpsburg takes place in Virginia in the middle of the Civil War where India, a teenage southern girl, has an up close and personal view of the Civil War. India is able to first handedly see the effects the Civil War has on the community. While waiting out the war, India is taught by a young man named Emory. Emory teaches India about his new discoveries in medicine and other natural sciences. After hearing Emory’s amazing discoveries, India is determined to go to Ohio to attend a un ...more
Mallori Allphin
Red Moon at Sharpsburg takes place in Virginia in the middle of the Civil War where India, a teenage southern girl, has an up close and personal view of the Civil War. India is able to first handedly see the effects the Civil War has on the community. While waiting out the war, India is taught by a young man named Emory. Emory teaches India about his new discoveries in medicine and other natural sciences. After hearing Emory’s amazing discoveries, India is determined to go to Ohio to attend a u ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Twelve-year-old India Moody lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia in the 1860s, but her circumstances as a harness-maker's daughter and a southern girl, who is not interested in learning to become a proper wife, and lives in the ravaged South during the Civil War, make life difficult. Because of a moral debt owed to her father by their neighbors, India is tutored by the neighbor's son, Emory. He is too frail to fight in combat battles, but with his knowledge of science and his science equip ...more
Shannon Cash
India comes from a poorer family in the south and has a father who works making bridles for horse of people in his town. After the war gets stronger India’s father joins the efforts on the rebel side. This leaves India to help her mother with taking care of the house and gaining more responsibilities. After India’s school is shut down she is brought to a wealthier family friend to have their son tutor India that way she will be able to keep up with her own studies. As the war develops so do many ...more
Caelyn Pietila
Apr 30, 2014 Caelyn Pietila rated it really liked it
Red Moon at sharpsburg written Rosemary Wells is the story of a young teenage southern girl named India, living during the middle of the civil war. She is originally from Virginia, and has a very up close and person view of the war and what it can do to people. At the beginning of the story she is very loyal to her southern ways and has a strong opposition to freeing slaves even though she is too poor to own any. During her time waiting out the war she is tutored by a young man named Emory who w ...more
Jeff Tran
Apr 27, 2015 Jeff Tran rated it really liked it
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Keri
May 12, 2015 Keri rated it liked it
This book does a good job of showing the horrific realities of war and its effects on people, especially on how it can make good people do awful things. Getting a Southern perspective on the war is also very unique for a YA historical novel. The research was so detailed and the author described everything from the foods being eaten to the crops being grown to the names of nearly every officer and his company. However, beneath all of this research I think that the characters of India and her moth ...more
Yara
Aug 19, 2008 Yara rated it really liked it
I couldn't decide between a four and a five. A beautiful book.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a revealing look at the Civil War from the perspective of a feisty young Southern girl. The author says that she was interested in writing about the Civil War and not “prettifying” it. There isn’t a single pretty thing about the war in this book, but at the same time, it is filled with people to care about who are caught up in one of the most defining moments in our country’s history.

When the Civil War begins India Moody’s school closes and she is s
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Shannon
* WELLS, Rosemary. Red Moon at Sharpsburg. 238p. Viking. Apr. 2007. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-03638-7. LC number unavailable.

Gr 7 Up--One word describes 13-year-old India Moody-perseverance. She has heard of a college in Ohio that accepts women and is determined to go there, an unthinkable dream for a girl in 1862. She is tutored by her neighbor, Emory Trimble, an eccentric scientist who teaches her about biology and chemistry, and with whom she later forms a romantic relationship. When her fa
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Alex
Jan 19, 2010 Alex rated it liked it
When we first meet our main character, India Moody is 12 years old. She'd rather run with the boys and play their war games than sit inside with the girls. She likes school and is actually disappointed when the school is shut down because their teacher goes off to fight for the Confederates. With school shut down and the war picking up speed, India's best friend moves north to Oberlin, Ohio where there is a college that accepts women. India begins studying with Emory Trimble, a scientist who sh ...more
Paul Lunger
Dec 02, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing
In "Red Moon at Sharpsburg", Rosemary Wells tells the story of India Moody & the ordeal her family would go through in their lives in Northern Virginia during the Civil War. The book itself is set in Berryville, VA in the Shenandoah Valley & starts off the vents just after First Manassas when the war was still new & the Confederacy was convinced this was their war to win. Across the months, weeks & years to follow we follow India & her family as the war hits home from her fat ...more
Darla
Jun 12, 2010 Darla rated it liked it
(Genre:teen historical fiction) This is the story of 12 year old India, a young girl whose father is a harness maker in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Her family and her neighbors get caught up in the early excitement of the Civil War and many of the men and young men enlist in the Confederate Army in the belief that the war will be over within 3 months. Disillusionment begins to appear as the war lasts longer than they expect and as the casualties hit close to home. India is a strong-willed ...more
Jeana
May 03, 2012 Jeana rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I like that my daughter's fifth-grade teacher assigns the kids historical novels when they're studying certain wars (like this one, the civil war) to learn about history. I think it's a good way to get kids interested in history without the dullness of just reading facts out of textbooks. I led a group of six kids in the discussions every Friday for this book. I really liked some of the issues that came up in the book for us to discuss, such as whether or not it's wrong to steal the wallet of a ...more
Andy
Jan 20, 2011 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
The American Civil War was a tumultuous time of change. The war killed people and brought destruction and devastation to the land. It also changed attitudes and ideas, about slavery, science and medicine, and women. 12-year-old India Moody is an unusually strong heroine very much ahead of her time. Her town of Berryville, Virginia is altered when the war begins—schools close, many people flee, and others enlist to fight in the Confederate Army. India’s mother wants her to learn scripture, handwr ...more
Jen Berry
Dec 04, 2013 Jen Berry rated it really liked it
Red Moon at Sharpsburg is set during the civil war and follows the life of a Southern Virginia girl named India. India is not well off, like her friend Julia, and her family relies on her father’s income. This book follows her life during the war, with her father enlisting and her learning science. It ends with India making her way to Ohio to attend college. One of the main strengths of this book is how authentic it is to the times but also the relationships established are very realistic. It gi ...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
Red Moon At Sharpsburg follows a young girl named India Moody, who lives in Shenandoah Valley which is located in Virginia. She is about twelve and during this time the Civil War is going on, the book describes her experiences living through it. India lives with her parents, along with her friend Julia and Julia’s parents alongside to two black salves that go by the names Micah and Ester Cooley. Total there are six of them living together. The twist is that the families made a promise with each ...more
Maryellenmrphy
Nov 07, 2008 Maryellenmrphy rated it it was amazing
Used to read Rosemary's books for kids religously back in the day-had no idea she wrote novels for young adults too. Very glad I found out though, I couldn't put this book down (literally, my boyfriend was giving me a weird look last night because I was carrying it around trying to finish it while getting ready for bed). We just finished this one for Children's lit as well. I like the protagonist because she's a headstrong teenage girl who insists on playing with the boys and learning what were ...more
Jenny
Feb 02, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
The first thing I noticed as I began to read this book was the simple writing. There was nothing even remotely complex in the writing. I was surprised and the style actually irritated me, but I thought that perhaps Wells was using a writing technique where the complexity of the writing would grow as her narrator grows up. I was mistaken, and the writing style irritated me right through the end of the novel. It was only when I realized that this is the same Rosemary Wells who writes the charming ...more
Hannah Axtelle
This book was a surprise to me because I expected it to be quite boring. Instead, this book was quite intriguing. I loved the historical accuracy and the will of the main character. I enjoyed being immersed in the details of that time period and how girls were expected to have certain roles but I loved how the main character tried to defy those rules. I also liked how the author showed the impact of the war in this book. I enjoyed how the book didn't focus on the injustice of slavery but on the ...more
Jane
Jan 06, 2008 Jane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults and historical fiction lovers
Recommended to Jane by: ALA notable book list
I love Rosemary Wells books for younger children and she has not disappointed me in the historical novel for Young Adults.
One of my favortie books is Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt which is the story of a young southern boy coming of age during the Civil War. Red Moon at Sharpsburg can be viewed as the counterpart story, a coming of age story of a young girl from a working class family in Virginia during the Civil War. India is 12 when the story begins and is 16 as the story ends. The book has
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LFPL Teen Services
Dec 27, 2007 LFPL Teen Services rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yanks and Rebels
Imagine life as you know it changes forever as neighbor fights against neighbor, brother against brother, and troops of strange and menacing men take over your town, land and home. This is what happens to India Moody and her family and friends in their small Virginia community during the Civil War, the bloodiest war in American history.

Just weeks before her birth, India’s father, a modest blacksmith, help saves the life of rich, land-owning neighbor, Calvin Trimble. Calvin swears to help support
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Betsy
Feb 12, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens, adults who read historical fiction
India Moody, a young teen when the Civil War breaks out, is an inquisitive, bright young woman with very few options to advance her education. Her world changes significantly when war breaks out and her teacher enlists. She is be tutored in the ways of moral upright Southern womanhood. All of this changes as she becomes interested in the scientific experiments of her tutor & son of her godparents, Emory Trimble. As the war progresses we see the toll that it takes on both soldiers and their f ...more
John
I don't really know what I think about this book. It doesn't glorify war, but it kind of glorifies the southern cause in the Civil War. All the southerners agree that slavery is wrong, but none of them want to do anything about that. Instead, they all want to fight against the north, whom they all agree will win (and should win). It reads like an apology for the south. Being from the south and being easily offended at those who take easy pot-shots at the south, I don't feel comfortable with this ...more
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