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Reeder, Carolyn.
New York : Aladdin, 1999
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 0689826966
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Will Page is a twelve year old who lives in Winchester, Virginia, but when the Civil War kills his entire family, he is sent to live with his Aunt Ella, Uncle Jed, and cousin Meg on their barey-surviving Virginia Piedmont Farm. There he is expected to do his fair share of chores on the family farm, something that he never did back in Winchester. Upon arrival he is hesitant about getting close to his relatives in hope that he would soon get to leave, but as time goes on he and his cousin Meg become really good friends. Will is skeptical about staying under the same roof as traitor Uncle Jed, but as they work side by side on the family farm, he starts to respect his Uncle and begins to see why he didn't fight in the Civil War.

To find out the reason Uncle Jed didn't fight in the Civil War while all of his neighbors were going off to battle, and whether or not Will gets to move back to Winchester, the town that he loves, read Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder. (Leigh Terstriep,, college student)

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
                        Conscientious objectors -- Fiction.
                        Virginia -- History -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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