Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender: The True Story of a Civil War Spy

Carrie Jones, illus. by Mark Oldroyd. Lerner/Carolrhoda, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-5399-7
Jones makes a confident departure from her bestselling YA novels with an entertaining and powerful Civil War–era story about living by one's own rules. Realizing she would never satisfy her father's desire for a son, teenage Sarah Emma Edmonds fled from Canada to America where she assumed the identity of Frank Thompson. Edwards then joined the Union Army, first as a male nurse, then as a spy, passing herself off as a slave and, later, as an Irish peddler: "She was a woman (Sarah) pretending to be a man (Frank) pretending to be a woman (Bridget)." In Oldroyd's full-bleed spreads, characterized by strong cross-hatching and angular shapes, Edmonds's eyes twinkle with her secret knowledge, while Jones delivers her story with the assuredness of a natural storyteller. Ages 7–11. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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