Jones, Carrie, Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender. Carolrhoda Books, 2011. INFORMATION.
As a child, Sarah felt unwelcomed at home. Her father only wanted boys, so she acted like one. In the 1850s, however, she ran away from home when she realized her father would never love her for who she was and assumed the name Frank Thompson. In 1861, the Civil War was going on. She hear a newspaper boy shout that the president was looking for 75,000 men to fight in the Union army. She soon took up that challenge and went to Washinton to join. At first, she was rejected for being too small, but soon became a spy. This book tells her story and how she became known as the great pretender.
The text is simple and easy-to-follow. The illustrations are beautiful and complementary of the text. The story is unique and fun to read. Readers who like non-fiction, strong women characters, and war stories will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.