Soldier's Heart: A Novel of the Civil War

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Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a "shooting war" meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure.

The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart," later known as "battle fatigue."

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This book is another wonderful book by Gary Paulsen. It addresses the disillusionment of war, and then paints a picture of the cold, harsh realities of war. It also address the problems associated ... Read full review

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Paulsen says that he spent 8 years researching before he quickly wrote this "based on facts and real characters" novel, but it was too succinct for any character development. I'm sure that it's ... Read full review

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books.

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