War Comes to Madeline

Author: Martin, Bev

Subjects: Slavery; American History; Civil War

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4634

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4634S

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War was coming; it was 1861. Papa owned a tobacco plantation and slaves, but he freed them all when Tennessee voted to withdraw from the Union and become a part of the Confederacy. He couldn’t go off to fight in the war knowing that he owned other human beings. Twelve-year-old Madeline and her older brothers Matthew and Sidney are to run the plantation with Mama and the now freed but always loyal Eb, Sukey, and Ole Tom.

The war is not short, as the South had predicted it would be. Running the plantation changes from slave labor to a collaborative effort between family and freed blacks working for a small wage. Daily life changes from outwardly genteel to frank problem solving as the family struggles to keep food on the table, harvest the crop, outwit the pillaging hungry soldiers from both sides, divert and dodge the slavers as the family conspires to move its precious human cargo to safety, and pray that their men will return from the battle alive.

Three years in war-torn Tennessee change young Maddie, too. Always a curious, observant artist and vivacious child, she becomes an expert rider with a purpose: a smuggler of runaway slaves to a safe stop on the Underground Railroad and, at least once, the youngest female spy in Tennessee. War Comes to Madeline is a fast-reading, action-packed story that will keep readers with it from the first page to the last.

War was coming; it was 1861. Papa owned a tobacco plantation and slaves, but he freed them all when Tennessee voted to withdraw from the Union and become a part of the Confederacy. He couldn’t go off to fight in the war knowing that he owned other human beings. Twelve-year-old Madeline and her older brothers Matthew and Sidney are to run the plantation with Mama and the now freed but always loyal Eb, Sukey, and Ole Tom.

The war is not short, as the South had predicted it would be. Running the plantation changes from slave labor to a collaborative effort between family and freed blacks working for a small wage. Daily life changes from outwardly genteel to frank problem solving as the family struggles to keep food on the table, harvest the crop, outwit the pillaging hungry soldiers from both sides, divert and dodge the slavers as the family conspires to move its precious human cargo to safety, and pray that their men will return from the battle alive.

Three years in war-torn Tennessee change young Maddie, too. Always a curious, observant artist and vivacious child, she becomes an expert rider with a purpose: a smuggler of runaway slaves to a safe stop on the Underground Railroad and, at least once, the youngest female spy in Tennessee. War Comes to Madeline is a fast-reading, action-packed story that will keep readers with it from the first page to the last.

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