Moon Over Tennessee (Hardcover)

A Boy's Civil War Journal

By Craig Crist-Evans, Bonnie Christensen (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780395912089, 64pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/16/2003)

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In the spring of 1863, a thirteen-year-old boy leaves his home in northeastern Tennessee with his father, who has joined the Confederate army. The boy rides with him to care for the horses and help with camp duties. A moving personal narrative in the form of a journal, this powerful poem tells of one boy's journey into war - and the horrible climax at Gettysburg that would forever change his life. Illustrated with striking black-and-white woodcuts, Moon Over Tennessee is a vivid, lyrical, and intensely human document of the terrible personal cost of the Civil War.

Praise For Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy's Civil War Journal

"Exquisite, somber black-and-white woodcut illustrations accompany the poems; the images are often as lyrical as the text." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

In free verse diary entries, Crist-Evans captures a 13-year-old boy's vision of the Civil War. The lyrical collage of men and war invites comparison with Gary Paulsen's Soldier's Heart (Booklist's Top of the List choice for 1998), and it holds its own. It is less graphic but equally moody and reflective. Because the narrator works in camp and away from the front lines, the violence is seen only at a distance: "Down by the creek the wounded lie in rows / like pine logs at the mill in Silver Bluff".... An evocative book, written with language so vibrant it begs to be read aloud.

May 15, 1999 Booklist, ALA