Abbott, EF (Kristen Tubb) John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy (Based on a True Stories Series), 178 pages. Macmillion , 2016. $15.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: PG
John is a nine year old who is very interested in joining the union side of the civil war army. Of course he isn’t allowed, but that doesn’t stop him from running away. He is accepted and trained as a drummer boy, but soon finds out that the realities of war are harsh. Will he survive to get back to his family?
This was a fantastic read that didn’t hold back from the horrors of war. Although John does contribute to the war effort in many ways, running away and be celebrated for it, might not be a celebration for parents of today’s readers. I realize these were different times but John runs away from a great home. Despite this the characters were well written, believable and interesting.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.