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I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

I Survived #7


Lauren Tarshis

A young boy is caught between two armies during the civil war.

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Thomas and his little sister Birdie has grown up in Virginia as slaves. One day, men come to take Thomas away and he realizes he and Birdie have to escape to the North. Slave hunters chase them into the forest as they try to run away to have freedom. But soon they wind up in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg. Will they make it out alive?

Positive Messages:

Never give up!


The Lord’s name is used in vain a few times.

Violence & Scariness:

There are references to the man who owned Thomas and his family beating them with a whip. Thomas gets injured in battle and a bullet hits him in the chest. Southern soldiers smash a pistol into a Union soldier’s face and kick the soldier when he falls down. There are references to bloody bodies of soldiers, and Thomas sees a man shot in the head and watches blood pour out.

Concerning Content:

The descriptions of the scenes of war may be too much for some young readers.

Mom Says:

This is a really great series. Although it is fiction, it is a fantastic way to teach kids about historical events, and I wish I had these books when I was in school! The girls really got interested in several of these and we got additional books to research the various events in the series.

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Accelerated Reader:

AR Quiz No. 156538

AR Points: 2.0

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