>Escape By Night: a Civil War Adventure
by Laurie Myers
Young Tom McKnight, son of the Presbyterian minister, lives across the street from his father’s church in Augusta, Georgia. The church has become a temporary hospital for hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers being sent back from the front. Tom sees a injured soldier drop a book in the street, so he has his dog Samson fetch the book. When Tom returns the book to the soldier “Red, “ he reads a few lines from it to Tom. Tom begins to pick up clues that “Red” isn’t really a Confederate soldier at all, and may even be a Yankee. Tom has the power of life and death over Red, for revealing Red’s secret will send him to the prison camp or the gallows. Tom wrestles with his conscience and his loyalties to reach a difficult and dangerous decision. Myers has created a fast-paced story with simple illustrations for reluctant and early chapter book readers.
grades 2-3, reviewed by Victoria