Shades of Gray by Carolyn ReederI first learned about Shades of Gray thanks to Reading Rainbow, one of the few television shows I let my children watch when they were little--and mostly only so I could get good book tips. I first read it almost twenty years ago and its still one of my favorite childrens stories about the American Civil War. It can be read by most fifth graders and read to younger children.
The main character, orphaned Will Page has come to live with his mothers sister and uncle by marriage, who Will considers a traitor because he refused to fight against the Yankees. Will lost his entire family in the war which has just ended: his father and brothers died fighting, his sisters from disease and his mother from grief. Will is angry and bitter ... and only twelve years old.
Its an incredible story which illustrates that wars are very complex, ultimately involve human lives, and sometimes things arent what they appear to be.
Shades of Gray
Andrea Evans, a Union spy, disguises herself as a young boy to defend her country. She crosses paths with Captain Alexander Hunter, a Confederate officer. Hunter, unaware of her true identity, becomes obsessed with bringing down the young soldier that caused the deaths of several of his men. Hunter promises his brother to protect Andrea at all costs. Andrea is captured by the Confederates and severely injured. Hunter, abiding by the promise he made his brother, takes her to his home to heal. Despite their differing allegiances, both Hunter and Evans let down the wall surrounding their hearts, and fall in love.
The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven't ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone in his entire immediate family? And now Will has to leave his comfortable home in the Shenandoah Valley and live with relatives he has never met, people struggling to. And now Will has to leave his comfortable home in the Shenandoah Valley and live with relatives he has never met, people struggling to eke out a living on their farm in the war-torn Virginia Piedmont. But the worst of it is that Will's uncle Jed had refused to fight for the Confederacy. But as they work side by side, Will begins to respect the man.
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Shades of Gray is a novel by Carolyn Reeder about a boy named Will. At the end of the American Civil War , twelve-year-old Will is left to live with his aunt and uncle. - Cast your eyes back to the noble and daring achievements of men who preferred death to dishonor, and showed the world how they valued the rights and liberties of their land