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Soldier's Heart (Hardcover)

Author:  Gary Paulsen
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0756902711
ISBN-13: 9780756902711
Sku: 209634400
Publish Date: 9/22/2008
Age Range:  16 to 21
 
At the start of the Civil War in 1861, 15-year-old Charlie leaves his farm and enlists in the First Minnesota Volunteers. After experiencing the horrors of war, Charlie comes back a man changed forever. This "stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life" ("New York Times"), by a three-time Newbery Honor winner, explores the condition of battle fatigue.
Author Bio
Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen is the author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books.

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San Francisco Book Review
"...for mature young readers (or perhaps for those too addicted to action flicks), Paulsen has written a haunting book about the loss of life and the loss of heart in war." - Susan Faust 10/25/1998

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Charley Goddard, 15, leaves his Minnesota farm to enlist in the Union army in 1861. An almost festive train ride to the South soon gives way to the harrowing realities of war. Paulsen pulls no punches, rendering the young man's experiences in matter-of-fact prose that accentuates the horror. The third-person narrative sticks to Charley's point of view, relating his immediate sensations and the simple ways he tries to come to terms with the bloodshed. The boy soon faces the inevitability of his awful situation but never loses his fear and confusion. After four major battles, he is badly wounded at Gettysburg. A final chapter shows him at 21, joyless, hopeless, and contemplating suicide. Paulsen's introduction explains that having a "soldier's heart" is the Civil War equivalent of shell shock and post-traumatic stress disorder. Charley's experiences show the devastating effect of war in a touchingly personal way. There are unsensationalized descriptions of violence and chaotic battle scenes, but the most powerful images come from particular details. After one conflict, Charley tearfully positions a dying boy's rifle so that he can kill himself. On another occasion, Charley helps a doctor keep the wounded warm by building a windbreak out of dead bodies. The young man's quiet despair at the end of the book makes it clear that nothing good has come out of Charley's war. The grim violence and bleak resolution may put off some readers, but the novel succeeds as a fiery indictment of war and as a memorable depiction of an individual.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR 9/1/98

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributePublisher:   Perfection Learning
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