In Sherman's Path

Author: Spieles, J. F.

Subjects: Slavery; American History; Civil War

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-859-3

Order code: 8593

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8593S

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Twelve-year-old orphan Henry Akinson lives in Georgia. It is in the autumn of 1864, during the time of Sherman’s March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah. Henry carries out some dangerous missions for a plantation owner who has offered to protect him, but instead he is put directly in the path of Sherman’s looters and foragers. Through it all, Henry develops a relationship with a slave family. His interactions with them challenge his previously held attitudes and beliefs about slaves. He is forced to consider what equality really means, and he learns that true honor and courage have nothing to do with the color of one’s skin.

This is a compelling story that brings the dangers and realities of the Civil War alive for young readers. It is a powerful and effective way to engage them when learning about history.

There is a teacher manual to accompany this book. It contains extensive exercises, questions, and suggestions for using the book in an instructional setting. Click here for the teacher manual.

Jeffrey Spieles is an elementary school teacher in Englewood, Ohio. A nominee for the 2011 Ohio Teacher of the Year award, drama and storytelling have been major influences on his teaching style.

Reviews:

"Through vivid description, a well-crafted plot, and a satisfying ending, J.F. Spieles brings to life an ugly time in American history through the eyes of an innocent boy struggling to survive. As Henry witnesses the horror of Sherman’s army, he is betrayed by those he should be able to trust and saved by one he has been taught to hate. Through fear and friendship, Henry learns that decisions have consequences, that once a coward, not always a coward, and that family can be found in unlikely places. In Sherman’s Path exposes the roots of prejudice and teaches timeless coming-of-age lessons of tolerance, trust, and humanity. A must-read for any student who thinks one’s skin reveals anything about the person beneath it." – Becky Davis, eighth-grade language arts teacher

"Some people aren't cut out for war, but times may need them anyway.... As Sherman's war machine storms through Georgia, Henry realizes that running forever won't save him forever, and it may be up to him to slow down the cruelty of Sherman. In Sherman's Path is a compelling tale of the Civil War, very much recommended reading." – The Midwest Book Review

"A wonderful story of how war and peoples’ actions can have life-changing effects on one young man's life." – Teresa Gaylard, children’s librarian, Dayton Metro Library

"Spieles's amazing attention to detail, especially in regards to what life was like for women and children, as well as newly freed slaves, will make Civil War history come alive for students. It is particularly unique that students have an opportunity to view events through the eyes of Southern characters, providing a fabulous opportunity to encourage a discussion about points of view and how history is written. What a great resource!"  Jessica Klinker, Library Media Director, Immaculate Conception School, Columbus, Ohio

 

Twelve-year-old orphan Henry Akinson lives in Georgia. It is in the autumn of 1864, during the time of Sherman’s March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah. Henry carries out some dangerous missions for a plantation owner who has offered to protect him, but instead he is put directly in the path of Sherman’s looters and foragers. Through it all, Henry develops a relationship with a slave family. His interactions with them challenge his previously held attitudes and beliefs about slaves. He is forced to consider what equality really means, and he learns that true honor and courage have nothing to do with the color of one’s skin. 

This is a compelling story that brings the dangers and realities of the Civil War alive for young readers. It is a powerful and effective way to engage them when learning about history.

There is a teacher manual to accompany this book. It contains extensive exercises, questions, and suggestions for using the book in the classroom. Click here for the teacher manual.

Jeffrey Spieles is an elementary school teacher in Englewood, Ohio. A nominee for the 2011 Ohio Teacher of the Year award, drama and storytelling have been major influences on his teaching style.

Reviews:

"Through vivid description, a well-crafted plot, and a satisfying ending, J.F. Spieles brings to life an ugly time in American history through the eyes of an innocent boy struggling to survive. As Henry witnesses the horror of Sherman’s army, he is betrayed by those he should be able to trust and saved by one he has been taught to hate. Through fear and friendship, Henry learns that decisions have consequences, that once a coward, not always a coward, and that family can be found in unlikely places. In Sherman’s Path exposes the roots of prejudice and teaches timeless coming-of-age lessons of tolerance, trust, and humanity. A must-read for any student who thinks one’s skin reveals anything about the person beneath it." – Becky Davis, eighth-grade language arts teacher

"Some people aren't cut out for war, but times may need them anyway.... As Sherman's war machine storms through Georgia, Henry realizes that running forever won't save him forever, and it may be up to him to slow down the cruelty of Sherman. In Sherman's Path is a compelling tale of the Civil War, very much recommended reading." – The Midwest Book Review

"A wonderful story of how war and peoples’ actions can have life-changing effects on one young man's life." – Teresa Gaylard, children’s librarian, Dayton Metro Library

"Spieles's amazing attention to detail, especially in regards to what life was like for women and children, as well as newly freed slaves, will make Civil War history come alive for students. It is particularly unique that students have an opportunity to view events through the eyes of Southern characters, providing a fabulous opportunity to encourage a discussion about points of view and how history is written. What a great resource!"  Jessica Klinker, Library Media Director, Immaculate Conception School, Columbus, Ohio

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