A Soldier's Secret (Hardcover)

The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

By Marissa Moss

Amulet Books, 9781419704277, 387pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2012

List Price: 17.95*
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Historical fiction at its best, this novel by bestselling author Marissa Moss tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who masqueraded as a man named Frank Thompson during the Civil War. Among her many adventures, she was a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, and was captured by (and escaped from) the Confederates. The novel is narrated by Sarah, offering readers an in-depth look not only at the Civil War but also at her journey to self-discovery as she grapples with living a lie and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers.
Using historical materials to build the foundation of the story, Moss has crafted a captivating novel for the YA audience. The book includes a Civil War timeline, archival photos, a glossary of names, and a detailed note on sources.

Praise for A Soldier's Secret
"A female Civil War soldier is brought alive for readers...Moss convincingly but never gratuitously portrays the gore, horror and boredom of war. An intimate look at a soldier's life from a compelling, historical perspective."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A captivating piece of YA historical fiction."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Moss combines fiction with biography in this compelling account...Many battles are graphically described, and the novel is crammed with atmosphere and detail."
--Bay Area News Group

"Whether a valiant soldier or angel of mercy, Sarah is a brave and loyal historical figure, well deserving of readers' attention."
--School Library Journal

"Moss' novel offers a fascinating, first-person portrait."

"The novel is well-written, vividly capturing the drama of Edmonds' story as well as larger wartime realities."
--Library Media Connection

About the Author

Marissa Moss has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Amelia's Notebook series, the picture book Nurse, Soldier, Spy, and a middle-grade novel, The Pharaoh's Secret. She lives in Berkeley, California.