Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Book Review: Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit


Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (Great Episodes)

Seymour Reit, the creator of Casper the friendly ghost, blends fact with fiction in this captivating tale about one woman who dared to go behind enemy lines as a spy for the Union Army.
Canadian-born Emma Edmonds loved the thrill of adventure and chasing freedom, so in 1861 when the Civil War began, she enlisted in the Union Army.
With cropped hair and men’s clothing, Emma transformed herself into a peddler, slave, bookkeeper and more, seamlessly gathering information and safely escaping each time.
This fictionalized biography about the daring exploits of a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death for the sake of freedom, will inspire readers for generations to come.

 My Review:
Although so many mention Behind Rebel Lines as a young adult book (and it is), I fell in love with it from the first page.  When Emma first walked into the Flint Michigan courthouse to enlist into the Union Army, captured my attention and drew me in to the story right away.  That was so brave of a young girl in men's clothing.  Will she be caught?

Keep in mind that this is a fictionalized account of the true story.  Mixing fact with what we think might have been said and how things might have come about,  is what made this book a great read and makes history come alive. 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Need to put that on my list to read. Ann