The author did a remarkable job of showing the good and bad sides of both the Union and Confederate Armies. He was probably the only soldier in the West to see the Civil War from both sides and live to tell about it. × We offer thousands of quality curricula, workbooks, and references to meet your homeschooling needs. Jeff is just so so so. Jeff Bussey is an appealing protagonist, a courageous, sensible teenage boy eager to join the Union efforts and gain battle experience.
Harold Keith lived his entire life in Oklahoma, a state that he greatly loved and which served as the setting for many of his books. I believed I had enjoyed the experience, so I decided to have another go at it now and hope the historical novel written for teens still holds up. I was also glad that Keith didn't wimp out on the action, and described it with realism. It didn't make for a great novel ending, though. The last scene I want to look at is on page 155. More importantly, the way the main character was written gave me a new perspective on what I already knew. There aren't many decent children's books out there that follow a young soldier around through the entire Civil War, and the ones that do exist are all set in the eastern part of the U.
The protagonist Jeff Bussey was a fun hero. The fictional elements are handled well and are convincingly presented. Killed in a battle while posing as a Confederate. He was probably the only soldier in the West to see the Civil War from both sides and live to tell about it. In fact, the Tonto grammar is probably based on the speech of someone he interviewed.
His protagonist of Jeff Bussey from Linn County, Kansas, I recalled once reading by Harold Keith when I was a kid probably over my summer vacation. The weather is described, the uniforms, even the terrain. Published in 1957, it does use the word Negro. After a long secret mission and daring escape he is promoted to sergeant and sent home. It's surprising how long and short the book felt at times. My thoughts : I had forgotten how this book made me feel while I was reading it since its been forever since I read it , in fact the last time I actually read it was way back in Junior High school , and since then I've been looking for it to buy , and I'm so glad I was able to find it on line to buy.
Six years later, in 1964, he was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for the same book. Jeff is not a passive participant in all the things that are happening to him. Jeff goes to the rebels to preyend to be a soldier and stays long overdue. I can still remember specific scenes from the book like Jeff's first battle, loading a rifle, the night he spends in a rebel's house, using worthless Confederate dollars to cut out a piece of bread. I also wish that Keith's physical descriptions didn't focus quite so much on rolling, bugged-out eyes.
And the characters are round,and to top it off, our main character, Jefferson Davis Bussey, a 16 year old Kansas boy who joins the Union, actually grows to know that there is more than one side to a story regarding the war. I can feel how much work was put into this book. Of course, Lucy is not interested in him because he a Union soldier. Hoping to prove himself and defend his home Jeff leaves to enlist as a soldier in the Union Army. Why did I ever read anything out of a text book about the civil war? The author Keith had a wonderful knack for turning descriptive phrases of the landscape, battle scenes, and soldiers' camp life. W who was able to escape from Watie's men and enlist in Jeff's unit. There aren't many decent children's books out there that follow a young soldier around through the entire Civil War, and the ones that do exist are all set in the eastern part of the U.
I was pleasantly reminded of it and another sentimental favorite, The Horse Soldiers while reading David Donald's Lincoln. It was 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff was elated at the prospect of fighting for the North at last. He has thi There are few reasons why I wanted to read this book. Jeff is a great character and his coming-of-age progression is complex and well done. Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in Rifles for Watie. In the Indian country south of Kansas there was dread in the air; and the name, Stand Watie, was on every tongue.
It was exciting and not biased. The story of the Western campaign of the Civil War, fought between the Cherokee Indians and the Union. Beautiful writing that nonetheless is accessible and down to earth enough for junior high readers carries an exciting story of the Civil War seen through the eyes of a 16 year old Kansas boy. Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1956-1965. Please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. This is a different take on a civil war novel. It isn't overwhelming, but I do think he had some prejudices that came out in his novel.