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- DescriptionIn 1863, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln institutes a controversial draft. However, the wealthy are able to escape serving in the army by paying a $300 waiver - more than a year's income for the recent immigrant Irish. On 11 July, as the first drawing takes place in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York explodes in rage and fire. Shops are looted, buildings are burned down and black Americans are attacked, beaten and murdered. 15-year-old Claire, the daughter of a black father and Irish mother, finds herself torn between the two warring sides.
- Author BiographyWalter Dean Myers is one of the best known writers of children's literature working today. His work has received numerous awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, two Lee Bennett Hopkins Awards, the ALAN Award, and many others, including the 2008 Arbuthnot Award from the ALA. This year, he is the first time winner of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, which will be presented at ALA in Washington. Besides writing, Walter loves collecting photographs and ephemera dealing with black history, and owns several pieces from this period, including an actual $300 waiver of the Civil War draft.
- Author(s)Walter Dean Myers
- PublisherEgmont USA
- Date of Publication06/10/2011
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEgmont USA
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, maps
- Weight170 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Reading AgeFrom 12
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