Summer Spy

Author: Wilson, Linda Miller

Subjects: American History; Civil War; Adventure

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 1722

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 1722S

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Summer Spy is a terrific Civil War yarn.” – Children’s Bookwatch

Tennessee was almost split in half by the Civil War. Residents of the eastern mountain region were largely pro-Union. When the state seceded in 1861, those resisting the Confederacy faced harsh retribution. Many families left the state, but Matthew and Elizabeth Burnett, who owned a farm high in the Smoky Mountains, chose to stay.

By 1863, Tennessee was a battleground for the clash of Union and Confederate forces. Nathaniel, the Burnett’s oldest son, is a Pinkerton spy, risking his life for the Union to report on Confederate troop movements. When Nat breaks his leg in a fall, he asks his fourteen-year-old brother Jonathan to deliver vital information to the Pinkerton contact. Jonathan enjoys the solitude of mountain life and lacks his brother’s daring spirit, but he agrees to go.

In his first confrontation with a Confederate officer, Jonathan manages to quell his jittery stomach by imitating Nat. Later, his resourcefulness is tested in a midnight battle with bushwhackers. An unexpected detainment in a Confederation camp and his friendship with Onesimus, a young black slave, convince Jonathan that “there is no winning under either flag.”

Summer Spy is the story of a boy whose unswerving determination to fulfill a promise to his brother carries him through each personal challenge until he finally realizes his own strength and courage.

Linda Miller Wilson is the author of A Few Days' Journey, a story about Mattie, the sister of Jonathan and Nathaniel from Summer Spy.

Summer Spy is a terrific Civil War yarn.” – Children’s Bookwatch

Tennessee was almost split in half by the Civil War. Residents of the eastern mountain region were largely pro-Union. When the state seceded in 1861, those resisting the Confederacy faced harsh retribution. Many families left the state, but Matthew and Elizabeth Burnett, who owned a farm high in the Smoky Mountains, chose to stay.

By 1863, Tennessee was a battleground for the clash of Union and Confederate forces. Nathaniel, the Burnett’s oldest son, is a Pinkerton spy, risking his life for the Union to report on Confederate troop movements. When Nat breaks his leg in a fall, he asks his fourteen-year-old brother Jonathan to deliver vital information to the Pinkerton contact. Jonathan enjoys the solitude of mountain life and lacks his brother’s daring spirit, but he agrees to go.

In his first confrontation with a Confederate officer, Jonathan manages to quell his jittery stomach by imitating Nat. Later, his resourcefulness is tested in a midnight battle with bushwhackers. An unexpected detainment in a Confederation camp and his friendship with Onesimus, a young black slave, convince Jonathan that “there is no winning under either flag.”

Summer Spy is the story of a boy whose unswerving determination to fulfill a promise to his brother carries him through each personal challenge until he finally realizes his own strength and courage.

Linda Miller Wilson is the author of A Few Days' Journey, a story about Mattie, the sister of Jonathan and Nathaniel from Summer Spy.

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