By Marissa Moss and John Hendrix, Abrams Books for Young Readers, $18.95, 48 pages
During the Civil War, young Sarah Edmonds, disguised as one Frank Thompson, enlisted to fight for the Union Army. Her adventurous spirit and willingness to be used led her to accept any assignment that came her way. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero tells her incredible story.
With illustrations that take on an almost comic-book effect and typeface familiar to the time period, Sarah’s story comes to life. This book peaks your interest and by the end of it, you’re ready to Google more information about this intriguing character. But hold your horses; the author’s note in the back is more interesting than the gist of the story that’s initially presented. Including a helpful Glossary and photos of the real Sarah, this book is sure to serve as a springboard for further reading on Sarah Edmonds and other Civil War heroines whose stories don’t often make it into our school’s history books.
Reviewed by Alicea Swett