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Crossing the Deadline: Stephen's Journey Through the Civil War

Author: Michaela  SHOULDERS
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Subject/Category: Gr. 5-8
Year Reviewed:: 2017
ISBN: 9781585369515
Review: When his brother is killed in the Civil War, Stephen is forced by his uncle to sign up to serve the Union. After six months of little action, he is sent South with his unit. Quickly they are taken over by the Rebels and sent to a prison in Alabama. The conditions are horrible. People are dying of starvation, lack of shelter, and lack of clean water. Stephen somehow survives due largely to the concern of a southern lady. But at the end of the war when Stephen is released, the horrors do not stop.

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