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Back to Young Hoosiers 2004-2005 Nominees: Middle Grades (6-8)

Girl in Blue
By Ann Rinaldi

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 0439073367
Retail Price: $16.95
Our Net Price: $11.05

Pages: 308
Grades 5-7
Lexile: 680

Awards, Reviews, and Citations:

South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominees

Inside Front Cover:

Ever since she read Fanny Campbell, the Female Pirate Captain, Sarah Louisa Wheelock has vowed that she will never allow a man to control her life. When Sarah’s father promises her hand in marriage to thier despicable neighbor, Ezekiel Kimble, Sarah knows that she has no other choice but to leave home. She cleverly disguises herself as a manand joins the Flint Union Grays, a regiment that becomes part of the 2nd Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

Sarah, know to the other soldiersas Neddy Compton, works as a male nurse. One day, while she is entertaining the wounded soliders, General McClellan, Commander in Chief of the Union Army, observes Sarah’s talent for mimicry. Later, when Sarah is found to be a woman, McClellan introduces her to his friend, Allan Pinkerton, head of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who

offers her a position as a woman “operative”. Sarah’s first assignment is to investigate Rose Greenhow, who is thought to be a spy for the South. 

Ann Rinaldi is one of the most respected and popular writers of historical fiction for young readers. In telling Sarah’s story, Rinaldi present a wily, intelligent heroine whom readers will cheer through every challenge.


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