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Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
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Feb 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: civil-war, gepl, historical-fiction-juvenile, us-historical-fiction-juvenile
Read in January, 2003

This exceptionally well-written book tells the story of William Page, a twelve year old boy who lost everyone in his immediate family during the Civil War. Will moves to rural Virginia to live with an aunt and her husband. In his new home Will experiences many new and exciting things yet he is angry at and rejecting of his uncle, a Southerner, who refused to fight for the South. Will expresses the many beliefs and attitudes of those Southerners who fought for that they believed was a just cause. Gradually Will comes to see how others viewed the war; he begins to acknowledge that someone can be a good person even if they believe something radically different from you.

The action is exciting and the attitudes are subtle.
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