Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota VolunteersDe (autor) Gary Paulsen
en Limba Engleză Paperback – September 2000 – vârsta de la 12 ani
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The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart," later known as "battle fatigue."
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Dimensiuni: 104 x 170 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.07 kg
Editura: Laurel Leaf Library
Locul publicării: New York, NY
He heard it all, Charley did; heard the drums and songs and slogans
and knew what everybody and his rooster was crowing.
There was going to be a shooting war. They were having town meetings
and nailing up posters all over Minnesota and the excitement was so
high Charley had seen girls faint at the meetings, just faint from
the noise and hullabaloo. It was better than a circus. Or what he
thought a circus must be like. He'd never seen one. He'd never seen
anything but Winona, Minnesota, and the river five miles each way
There would be a shooting war. There were rebels who had violated
the law and fired on Fort Sumter and the only thing they'd respect
was steel, it was said, and he knew they were right, and the Union
was right, and one other thing they said as well--if a man didn't
hurry he'd miss it. The only shooting war to come in a man's life
and if a man didn't step right along he'd miss the whole thing.
Charley didn't figure to miss it. The only problem was that Charley
wasn't rightly a man yet, at least not to the army. He was fifteen
and while he worked as a man worked, in the fields all of a day and
into night, and looked like a man standing tall and just a bit thin
with hands so big they covered a stove lid, he didn't make a beard
yet and his voice had only just dropped enough so he could talk with
If they knew, he thought, if they knew he was but fifteen they wouldn't
take him at all.
But Charley watched and Charley listened and Charley learned.
"Paulsen's storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley's experience."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."--Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
"The novel's spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."--Booklist, Starred
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The shooting war meant the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival. It meant knowing how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. Waiting for death. And Charley learned: This is how it's done.
When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different. He was only nineteen, but he was a man said to have "soldier's heart".
- Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Nominee, 2001