Secesh

Author: Thomas, Sue

Subjects: Slavery; American History; Civil War

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 540X

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 540XS

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July, 1861. The Civil War is dividing the people of Missouri. Eleven-year-old Kate was loyal to the Confederacy from the onset, but when she listened to her parents and two older brothers and heard their divided opinions, she began to realize that the issues were not simple. Through Kate’s eyes we see a family’s daily life and a system of relationships: North and South, families and neighbors, parents and children, siblings, families and farmland.

Momma was raised on a Kentucky tobacco plantation and condones slavery, viewing slaves as manpower. Steadfast and loving Poppa came from the Kentucky hill country, is a hard worker, and learned to read from Momma. Together they are homesteading in Missouri and raising a family. Their oldest son David shares the popular idea that the war will be short, and he joins the Confederates for the money. Fifteen-year-old Waltus joins the Yankees. Passionate about the rights of every human being to live, to work, and to dream of accomplishment, and himself dreaming one day of owning a wool mill, Waltus can’t fight on the side that condones men stealing his sheep, his dream, or the rights and hopes of others. Young Benjamin is often the thorn in Kate’s side, Momma’s “good boy,” but he and Kate share dangerous adventures.

Kate is a typical intelligent eleven-about-to-be-twelve-year-old. She cannot keep a secret. She asks a hundred questions. Her pet goat, named Grasshopper, is her confidant. She has just begun to question Momma’s opinions because she is shaken by Momma’s heartless reaction to a neighbor’s captured runaway slave girl being separated from her baby (who is sold) to teach her a lesson. Throughout the insecurities and deepening awareness of others’ feelings that the war brings to her, Kate learns that family love remains a solid grounding.

Sue Thomas is a leading educator in the field of teaching children to express their creativity. She has co-authored the highly acclaimed two-volume Curtain: A Guide to Creative Drama for Children and has written an excellent book on teaching the writing of poetry, The Poetry Pad. In Secesh, she has brought her considerable talents to shaping wonderfully absorbing characters and a historically correct, action-filled plot. Young Kate, who acts as our eyes to her slice of history and into the fine workings of her family, is a gem of a child with a diversity of expressions of her feelings and thoughts and a growing awareness of self. Sue Thomas is a resident of Missouri.

July, 1861. The Civil War is dividing the people of Missouri. Eleven-year-old Kate was loyal to the Confederacy from the onset, but when she listened to her parents and two older brothers and heard their divided opinions, she began to realize that the issues were not simple. Through Kate’s eyes we see a family’s daily life and a system of relationships: North and South, families and neighbors, parents and children, siblings, families and farmland.

Momma was raised on a Kentucky tobacco plantation and condones slavery, viewing slaves as manpower. Steadfast and loving Poppa came from the Kentucky hill country, is a hard worker, and learned to read from Momma. Together they are homesteading in Missouri and raising a family. Their oldest son David shares the popular idea that the war will be short, and he joins the Confederates for the money. Fifteen-year-old Waltus joins the Yankees. Passionate about the rights of every human being to live, to work, and to dream of accomplishment, and himself dreaming one day of owning a wool mill, Waltus can’t fight on the side that condones men stealing his sheep, his dream, or the rights and hopes of others. Young Benjamin is often the thorn in Kate’s side, Momma’s “good boy,” but he and Kate share dangerous adventures.

Kate is a typical intelligent eleven-about-to-be-twelve-year-old. She cannot keep a secret. She asks a hundred questions. Her pet goat, named Grasshopper, is her confidant. She has just begun to question Momma’s opinions because she is shaken by Momma’s heartless reaction to a neighbor’s captured runaway slave girl being separated from her baby (who is sold) to teach her a lesson. Throughout the insecurities and deepening awareness of others’ feelings that the war brings to her, Kate learns that family love remains a solid grounding.

Sue Thomas is a leading educator in the field of teaching children to express their creativity. She has co-authored the highly acclaimed two-volume Curtain: A Guide to Creative Drama for Children and has written an excellent book on teaching the writing of poetry, The Poetry Pad. In Secesh, she has brought her considerable talents to shaping wonderfully absorbing characters and a historically correct, action-filled plot. Young Kate, who acts as our eyes to her slice of history and into the fine workings of her family, is a gem of a child with a diversity of expressions of her feelings and thoughts and a growing awareness of self. Sue Thomas is a resident of Missouri.

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