Like A River: A Civil War Novel
A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Kathy Cannon WEICHMAN
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Year Reviewed:: 2016
Review: To prove himself worthy of his father, fifteen-year-old Leander determines to enter the Union Army and so must lie about his age. After losing his arm in a careless accident, he meets Polly who is caring for her critically wounded father at the same hospital. They become close friends, and hide one another’s secrets after her father dies, and Polly sets off as “Paul” to fight with the army. Captured and sent to the infamous Andersonville prison, Polly works with a soldier named Given to survive. After the war, Polly and Given’s trip home to the north is disrupted by a steamboat explosion. Polly goes to tell Given’s family what she believes happened to him, only to learn he is still alive and that Leander is his neighbor. Historical accuracy provides a sometimes grisly backdrop for this powerful story of survival and romance.