Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines
Beverly Stowe McClure
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Twilight Times Bookshttp://twilighttimesbooks.com/
To read an excerpt from Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines:http://lizzieswar.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/excerpt
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford is a 14-year-old girl who is torn between being the proper young lady her family expects her to be and her secret desire to enlist in the Confederate Army, disguised as a young man. She has strong beliefs of what the Yankees are like and she wants to join her two older brothers, who willingly enlisted, to defend her beloved Vicksburg and their way of life. Why shouldn't she be allowed to join in the fight?
The American Civil War and the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi was a time when families were torn apart, shelling occurred almost daily, food was scarce, and living conditions were difficult. As homes were damaged in Vicksburg, families took shelter in caves. Lizzie's family was no exception.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is a YA Historical Fiction about the American Civil War and the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1863. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. The descriptions and details of the time period could only be told by someone who had thoroughly researched her subject.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to young adult readers, and to anyone who enjoys reading about the Civil War era. I had a hard time putting the book down.