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Soldier's Heart
Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers
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· Laurel Leaf
· Paperback · Ages 12 and up
· September 12, 2000 · $6.99 · 978-0-440-22838-7 (0-440-22838-7)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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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"A stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life in the Civil War that may well challenge generations of middle-school readers."--The New York Times

"Paulsen's storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley's experience."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."--Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"The novel's spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."--Booklist, Starred

AWARDS

WINNER 2000 - ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
WINNER 2000 - Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
WINNER 2000 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 2000 - Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
NOMINEE 2003 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
NOMINEE 1999 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
WINNER 2001 - Massachusetts Children's Book Master List

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books.

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