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setting is Revolutionary War America and 12 year Joey is left to take care
of the family as his father, Joseph Kershaw, leads his troops out of Camden,
SC to defend the country against the British.
As the British take over the
town of Camden, Joseph Kershaw becomes a prisoner of war and his property
is seized by the British. The British erect a gallows in the family’s
front yard where prisoners of war are hanged and buried. Joey, his mother,
his brother and sisters are forced to live in his bedroom where Joey plots
to save his family from the Redcoats. How can Joey prove his manhood to
his family and to his father? Will they ever see Joseph Kershaw alive again?
(Brenda Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org, Graduate
Student-University of South Carolina/School of Library and Information