Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender

The True Story of a Civil War Spy Nurse, Soldier, Spy

By Jones, Carrie & Moss, Marissa

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ISBN
978-0-76135-399-7 978-0-81099-735-6
Publisher
Carolrhoda Abrams


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2011

Gr 1–4—The cover portraits cleverly introduce the book's topic. The front shows a person in a Civil War Union uniform, winking, with one hand hidden. The back presents a rear view of the same figure but now her fingers are shown to be crossed. Below the uniform, a skirt and parasol are displayed. As a teenager in the 1850s, Edmonds ran away from her abusive father and native Canada to come to the United States. Being on her own, she found it safer and easier to dress as a man. When the Civil War began, she is ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

Two complementary biographies track the life of Sarah Edmonds, a woman who, disguised as a man, nursed, fought alongside, and spied for Union troops during the Civil War. The accounts differ slightly in detail although each author lists similar sources. For example, Jones has Sarah posing as (or as she repeats throughout the text, pretending to be) a boy to please her harsh, Canadian father, while Moss indicates Sarah's first impersonation came from her need to escape an arranged marriage, crossing the border into the United States as Frank Thompson. Here, Frank, a.k.a. Sarah, enlists in the Union Army, and...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

Sarah Edmonds, disguised as a man, fought alongside and spied for Union troops during the Civil War. Jones enumerates these feats with touches o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 1, 2011

A fascinating story, engagingly presented. Readers will be inspired by Sarah Emma Edmonds’s grit and determination as she sees action on the battlefield, tends wounded soldiers, and spies for the Union Army. Marissa Moss writes eloquently about the harsh realities of war: “One bloody battle followed another....Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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