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Hahn, Mary Downing.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
IL  5-8, RL 6.9
ISBN 0618181903
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With his father dead and his older brother off fighting for the Confederacy, thirteen-year-old Haswell Magruder is in charge. One cold, snowy night, he makes a decision that changes the lives of his family. When he and his mother and sister take in a wounded Confederate soldier, they set off a chain of events that leave the soldier dead and their home burned to the ground. When Haswell's mother dies of a fever, he and his little sister set off across the Virginia countryside to find their relatives. Leaving Rachel in their care, Haswell searches for his brother Avery in the last days of the Civil War. In his struggles to find Avery and bring him home amid the horrors of war, Haswell tests his strength and courage and becomes a man.  (Teresa Blankenship, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
SUBJECTS:     United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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