But Willie's death in battle, Joseph's return home, wounded, bitter, and filled with guilt, and a young Yankee whose life she saves make Lizzie question whether there is a right or wrong side to the Civil War. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 2.
Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863
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Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure (Paperback / softback, 2010)
Beverly Stowe McClure is an award-winning, multi-published author. In Caves, Canons and Crinolines she delves into the pages of history, bringing them to life in this young adult historical novel. The story has been inspired by events of the American Civil War, and chronicles the hardships and triumphs of her engaging characters as the horrors of war invade their lives.
Fourteen year old Elizabeth Lizzie Stamford and her family live in war-torn Vicksburg. The family is deeply involved with the Beverly Stowe McClure is an award-winning, multi-published author. The family is deeply involved with the war efforts — the father is a doctor working diligently in the nearby hospital tending to the wounded; brothers Willie and Joseph are serving with the troops in Virginia.
Not unlike many of the surrounding families, Lizzie, her mother and young tender-hearted brother Nat, have to abandon their beautiful home after a shell comes crashing through the home. They seek refuge in a local cave and begin to set up housekeeping in this dingy hole in the earth in order to avoid the blast of cannons and gunfire. Every time the artillery fires the ground shakes and dust and dirt falls all around them in their cave. I was immediately drawn into the story with the emotional letter from Lizzie to her brother Willie.
She is quite upset with the separation of the family, and life is no longer as they once knew with the city under siege. Civilians are caught in the middle and no where is safe…not even the caves, but they do their best to find shelter and survive this ordeal…and the precocious girl hatches a plan. She cuts her hair, and, disguised as a young man, enlists to wage battle against their attackers. Soon she finds war is not as black and white as she once thought. Living through the horrors of battle and seeing the fields littered with corpses, she is quite overwhelmed and overcome with it all and she quickly retreats towards home.
I highly recommend this story. The characters are compelling, the story well written and thought provoking. Aug 07, Stephanie Burkhart rated it it was amazing. McClure crafts a compelling young adult novel that takes place during the Civil war with Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. Set in during the Yankee siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Lizzie Stamford's life has turned upside down.
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Her house has been shelled more than once, so her mother takes the family to a nearby cave. Lizze's family consists of twelve-year-old Nathan, h McClure crafts a compelling young adult novel that takes place during the Civil war with Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. Lizze's family consists of twelve-year-old Nathan, her two older brothers, Willie and Joseph, and her father who is a surgeon in the local hospital.
Lizzie wants to help in the war effort and runs off, disguised as a boy, hoping to join the army. She meets two Confederate soldiers who befriend her, but she also witnesses events no one should see. On her way back to her mother, Lizzie find a young Yankee soldier who is injured. Despite her better judgment, Lizzie takes him to her shelled out house and seeks out help for him. Nathan reluctantly supports her. Lizzie gets to know the Yankee and learns his name is Private Benjamin Clayton.
He heals in the house, but a rogue bunch of Yankees try to loot it. Lizzie is forced to shoot one. Ben soon leaves and Lizzie is left to wonder if she'll hear from him again. McClure's writing is crisp. The plot flows well. The story is told in the first person from Lizzie's perspective, capturing the authenticity of the time and place. McClure's characters are interesting. Lizzie is brave and daring, dressing as a boy to join the army. She looks fear in the eye and overcomes it when she decides to help Benjamin.
Nathan also embodies courage as he stands by his family. Joseph is shell-shocked when he returns from the war. Lizzie learns that sometimes things aren't what they seem and living is more challenging than crinolines. Even though the story takes place during the civil war, young readers can understand the same hardships faced today when their loved ones deploy.
Feb 22, Susan rated it it was amazing. Most of us have read about the American Civil War, Mrs. McClure gives us a chance to live it through the eyes of Lizzy, a year-old girl who is determined to help the South send those darn Yankees back to the North where they belong.
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Lizzy hates those cannons. She hates living in a cave even more, but what really gets her ire up is seeing how much thos Most of us have read about the American Civil War, Mrs. She hates living in a cave even more, but what really gets her ire up is seeing how much those Yankees have turned the lives of her family upside down.
She rarely sees her father. Both of her older brothers snuck off in the middle of the night to enlist. Nobody has heard from them since.
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The cannons are getting closer, food is scarce, and her gentle younger brother, Nat, is changing. If this war keeps up, Nat might abandon his dreams of flying machines for a gun! Her mother is too busy to notice. The woman is determined, against all odds, to turn her daughter into a proper southern lady. All Lizzy has to do is look pretty, keep her opinions to herself, and focus all that excess energy on attracting a suitable beau. The Yankees! Someone has to end this war. Why not her? Guns, battle, Yankees… none of them are what she expects.
The lines between right and wrong are blurred. Friends are foes.
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