Like a River: A Civil War Novel

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Calkins Creek Books
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author
Kathy Cannon Wiechman traveled to Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia (the site of Andersonville Prison), Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi to research and write Like a River. She also attended several Civil War reenactments and learned to load and fire a muzzleloader. This is her debut novel. She lives in Cincinnati with her family not far from the Ohio River.
★ "Wiechman's abundant research is unobtrusively folded into the tale. An excellent author's note provides further information about the times. Though the horrors of Andersonville and various Civil War-era events such as the Battle of Atlanta, Lincoln's assassination and the explosion of the steamboat Sultana provide wartime context, it's the secrets woven into the well-paced tale that will pull readers eagerly to the tearful conclusion. A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Wiechman delivers a realistic portrayal of the gritty details of prison camp conditions as Paul witnesses many soldiers succumb to infected wounds, disease, and malnutrition . . . The book has strong merit as accurate historical fiction." --Publishers Weekly

"The rich language and artful imagery will stay with readers long after finishing the last page . . . This joins other great middle grade novels about the Civil War . . . A truly excellent first purchase for all fans of historical fiction who enjoy a hint of romance." --School Library Journal

"A war story, a thriller, a romance . . . Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Like a River will transport you into a story you won't want to end. Call Like a River unforgettable. A stunning debut!" --Jerry Spinelli, Newbery Medalist for Maniac Magee

"Brings to light and life a little-known slice of the Civil War. It's an unflinching look at a rough and bloody time, but . . . love and hope flow throughout. I will be thinking about Leander and his comrades for a long time to come." --Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor Medalist for Hattie Big Sky