Sesquicentennial. Seriously. I will high five any teen that knows what that is without looking it up. Anyway, I'll just tell you. It is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and we are celebrating it at DPL with books, displays, and programs. I have 13 Civil War novels for teens to share with you, and I'm going to let you know what kind of programs I will be running too.
Young Adult Civil War fiction
Belle Boy by Anne Fuller
When her brother, Johnny, is missing in action after the battle of Gettysburg, Samantha Ann, who grew up tagging along with him and doing things most girls did not, disguises herself as a man and joins the Confederate Army to search for him.
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a Civil War soldier, she does the unthinkable. She instructs her only child to retrieve his father and bring him home. Just 14, Robey sets off wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety: blue on one side, gray on the other.
Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi
Fourteen-year-old Luli and her family face tragedy after failing to tell their slaves that President Lincoln's Emanicipation Proclamation made them free.
Juliet's Moon by Ann Rinaldi
In Missouri in 1863, twelve-year-old Juliet Bradshaw learns to rely on herself and her brother, a captain with Quantrill's Raiders, as she sees her family home burned, is imprisoned by Yankees, and then kidnapped by a blood-crazed Confederate soldier.
The Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi
In 1863 Pennsylvania, fourteen-year-old Tacy faces the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg while trying to stay out of the way of her brother David, who is in charge while their father serves as a doctor in the Union army, and to keep her friend Marvelous, a free black, safe from rebel soldiers.
March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac
Louis Nollette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian, joins the Irish Brigade in 1864 to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
My Vicksburg by Ann Rinaldi
During the siege of Vicksburg, thirteen-year-old Claire Louise struggles with difficult choices when family and friends join opposing sides of the war.
Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
With fighting erupting around his Kansas farm, 16-year-old Jefferson Davis Bussey can hardly wait to join the Union forces. When he infiltrates Colonel Watie's Confederate camp as a spy, he discovers the enemy is much like himself -- only fighting for a different cause.
Riot by Walter Dean Myers
In 1863, Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and the draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.
The River Between Us by Richard Peck
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.
The Slopes of War by N.A. Perez
Buck Summerhill, a young soldier from West Virginia, faces the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg knowing that his two cousins, Curtis and Mason, may be fighting against him in the Army of Northern Virginia.
Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein
When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg.
DPL Young Adult Civil War Programs
(registration starts September 21st)
Wednesday, October 19th
Sharpen your cooking skills and make some food that Civil War soldiers would have eaten! Hard tack, fish chowder, and apple pie!
Knit a Civil War Soldier Scarf
Wenesdays, October 26, November 2nd, and 9th
Saturday, November 12th
Checkers was a popular pastime for soldiers, join us for a friendly tournament to see who is the best checkers player in Durham!
Teen Book Club November Book
discussion Tuesday, November 29th
In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial celebrations, the TBC will be reading Rifles for Watie