Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

LIKE A RIVER, by Kathy Cannon Weichman

Like a River

The story: Leander goes to fight in the Union Army to prove to his family that he’s a man now. Polly just doesn’t want her father to leave her behind–so she joins up too, disguised as a boy. The two meet when Leander and Mr. Settles are wounded and end up in the hospital, where “Paul” helps take care of both of them. Their separate adventures take them through loss of life, limb, and freedom–how will they ever become whole again?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you ever thought war was one thrill after another, video-game style, you should check out this book. Here’s a true look at war as a rioting tumble of fear, disease, and little guys ending up dead because the big guys have chosen poorly.


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