Accelerated Reader Program Selection
The Battle of Gettysburg left more than 57,000 soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. In this emotionally charged collection of personal accounts, the author pieces together experiences of Yankee, Rebel, soldier, and civilian. The battle is told solely through their eyes in a series of chronologically dated entries.
The characters’ eyewitness stories allow young readers to see the Civil War from many points of view, lending immediacy to historical events. At 3:00 a.m. on June 29, Gen. George Meade awakens surprised to find he has been given charge of more than 100,000 men. In another instance, a Confederate color bearer advances in a frontal assault on Cemetery Ridge amidst earth-shaking cannon fire. Through the many layers of the story, the collective voice speaks of the chaos, confusion, and fear during a war that divided the country.
About the Author
The author of more than twenty-five books, Sherry Garland enjoys writing about history and interesting people. Her children’s historical picture books The Buffalo Soldier and Voices of the Alamo have garnered several honors, including selection into the Accelerated Reader Program and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People designation. Garland is also the author of Best Horse on the Force, all three titles published by Pelican. She and her husband live in Bryan, Texas.
About the Illustrator
Judith Hierstein earned a BA in art education from the University of Iowa. A former elementary-school teacher, she is the illustrator of The American Revolution from A to Z, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z, and the Toby Belfer Series, all published by Pelican. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
VOICES OF GETTYSBURG
By Sherry Garland
Illustrated by Judith Hierstein
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
40 pp. 10 1/2 x 9 1/2
19 color illus. Glossary Biblio.