Jayhawker

Patricia Beatty, Author
Patricia Beatty, Author Morrow Junior Books $16 (214p) ISBN 978-0-688-09850-6
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Paperback - 214 pages - 978-0-688-14422-7
Prebound-Other - 214 pages - 978-0-606-07734-7
Prebound-Other - 978-0-7857-8531-6
Prebound-Glued - 214 pages - 978-0-7807-6464-4
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Not just another historical fiction about the Civil War, the late Beatty's ( Charley Skedaddle ; Be Ever Hopeful ; Hannalee ) novel follows the adventures of Lije (for Elijah) Tulley. He's a jayhawker--an abolitionist raider--from Kansas caught up in the raids and skirmishes between the jayhawkers and the pro-slavery bushwhackers of Missouri before and during the war. After his father is killed on a raid, Lije works as a spy in Missouri, passing news of bushwhacker plans to an equally daring young woman, with whom he falls in love. The author deftly brings in historical figures--John Brown, Jesse James--and weaves actual events such as the infamous bushwhacker raid on Lawrence, Kans., into her tale. Gruesome accounts of the killing and destruction in this lesser known Civil War theater deepen the impact; neither pro-North nor pro-South, this is instead a dramatic and compelling antiwar narrative. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
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