Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Like a River: a Civil War Novel, by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

Summary:  Two Union soldiers, one too young to have properly enlisted, and the other a girl disguised as a boy, find themselves struggling through the rigors and horrors of war, from amputation to the Andersonville prison camp.

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2 thoughts on “Like a River: a Civil War Novel, by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

  1. I recently read Like A River and was pleased with its descriptive setting and themes. The book was set in the Civil War era, and really allowed for an up close look of how people were affected by the war. It was a historical fiction and I also enjoyed learning about the events portrayed in the book, like the war prisoners being held in southern prisons. The setting itself was well described and the author gave you the sights, and the smells, which was entertaining to read. It gave you a 4D image in your mind.
    There were many themes in Like A River, but two that stood out the most were, “One can do anything if one wants it badly enough,” and learning that you don’t need anyone’s approval in life. These were regularly stated in the book and the events in the book emphasized these themes, which I thought was a nice touch.
    However, due to an uneven spacing of events, it was monotonous in the middle and rushed at the end. Because of this, I think it wouldn’t be a contender for Newbery. But this was an educational, yet enjoyable read for kids ages 10-14.

  2. I agree with Ellie, she basically said everything I was going to. The only difference with me is that I think this could be a Newbery contender, it’s my number 1 so far. I know I’m a bit partial to Civil War novels though so I’m not sure if my opinion should be counted.

    I think it’s good for ages 12+ and for grades 6 and up.

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