Fighting is important to Charley Quinn, 12, a street-tough New York Bowery Boy who runs away from his Irish-Catholic home to join the Union forces in Virginia. But war proves much more horrible than he'd thoughtso terrible, in fact, that he deserts, giving himself the disparaging name "Skedaddle." Afterward, Charley takes refuge in the mountains with Granny Bent, a midwife with her own secret loyalties. This well-crafted, somewhat episodic novel makes the point that fighting brings honor, and cowardice, shame. The settingsfrom the Bowery, to the battlefield, to Granny's cabinare quite powerful. These, along with Charley's disillusionment and change, give this novel depth and make it one of Beatty's best. Ages 10-14.
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Grade 5-8-Jeff Woodman narrates Patricia Beatty's powerful story (Troll, pap. 1996) of Charley Quinn, a 12-year-old street tough Bowery Boy from New York City who, during the Civil War, runs away from home and enlists as a drummer boy with the Union Army. Seeking to avenge his older brother's death at Gettysburg, Charley is proud to be a soldier until he gets his first taste of battle. Terrified, he "skedaddles" into the Blue Ridge Mountains where he is befriended by Granny Bent, a cantankerous old abolitionist mountain woman. Pretending to be mute, Charley helps Granny with chores, proves his courage by killing a mountain lion, evades Rebel soldiers, and wins the love of shy Sarie Giffen. In doing these things, Charley discovers the greed that motivated both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and learns the true meaning of honor and cowardice. Students studying the Civil War will be entranced as Woodman captures Charley's personality brilliantly, and brings history to life by introducing listeners to interesting characters, witty dialogue, and descriptive settings based on actual Civil War records and memoirs.
Darlene M. Ford, Dauphin County Library System, PA
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i hated this book it was terrible! we had to read it for school it was like jail we were forced to read it i hate the book. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
A boy wants to avenge his brother's death so he goes to enlist but is too young and they tell him he can only go as a drummer boy. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Sam
This book is the best book I ever read! It's exciting, romantic, and expressive. It also teaches history.Published on May 7 2004 by S. J Ledet
This book was a wonderful adventure I shared with my 11 year old son. We read it together for school. It taught him about the civil war AND the plight of the Irish immigrant. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by georgia-sunflower
If you like books from back in the Civil War, then this book is for you. Charley Schaddle is a twelve year old, New York boy in a gang (The Bowery Boys). Read morePublished on June 4 2003
Gunshots ring. A drumbeat rolls out like thunder, the pounding of feet marching. A gunshot, then a scream. Someone breaks away from the crowd and makes for the woods. Read morePublished on June 4 2003
Staying in a cold damp place, not seeing your family for possibly months, that's how it was for Charley Quinn, a 12 year old boy at war. Read morePublished on June 4 2003
Charley Quinn is a drummer boy for the Union army during the Civil War .He ran away from home to join the army and be like his older brother, never in his wildest dreams could he... Read morePublished on June 3 2003