The Blue and the Gray

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Scholastic, 1996 - African Americans - 32 pages
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As planks crack and hammers pound, two young friends explore the grassy fields beyond the construction site where their new homes are being built.

In 1862 this was a battleground for the Civil War, where lives were lost as soldiers fought, the blue against the gray. And while no marker stands today to honor the freedoms that were won, one boy's father helps both boys to remember, and to pay their respects to all that happened there so long ago.

In gentle counterpoint, Eve Bunting and Ned Bittinger contrast the destruction and misery of the Civil War with the construction of a modern interracial community. And they pay tribute to the beauty of a special friendship in the haunting recollection of the Civil War.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

About history, remembering. The boy juxtaposes the past & present of a former Civil War battlefield that will soon be his property in the same way that we all do when we stand at the site of some ... Read full review

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User Review  - jwesley - LibraryThing

The story is set in poetry form and is about two best friends, one black and one white, who are wandering around a piece of historic land that one of the friend's father is building two new houses on ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969. That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times. Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

Bittinger is a prominent, award-winning portrait painter. He paints in a style of realism that retains fresh and spontaneous brushwork.

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