Behind Rebel Lines (Paperback)

The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (Great Episodes)

By Seymour Reit

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152164270, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2001

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In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines.

About the Author

SEYMOUR REIT is the author of more than eighty books for young readers. An experienced animated cartoonist, he is also the creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Mr. Reit lives in New York City.

Praise For Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (Great Episodes)

“The story is fast-moving, and Emma’s evident.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This stranger-than-fiction story will captivate history buffs and hold the attention of the most reluctant reader.”—Bank Street College of Education
“A suspense-filled account of a brave and loyal feminist.”—Booklist