The Silent Witness

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By Robin Friedman
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
The Silent Witness
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Fouryearold Lula McLean lived on a plantation overlooking Bull Run Creek. There her family grew wheat, corn, and oats. In July 1861, troops fighting in the newly begun Civil War arrived on the McLeans front lawn in Manassas, Virginia. The peaceful countryside where Lula often spent time playing with her favorite rag doll became a campsite full of cannon and trenches and tents.Wilmer McLean decided to relocate his family to a tiny village called Appomattox Court House, away from the war and the troops. But a few years later, on April 9, 1865, as Lula played with her rag doll, two visitors in tall boots made their way into her house. Lula and her doll were about to become part of American history.Robin Friedman and Claire A. Nivola reveal, through the story of Lula and her beloved doll, the story of a nineteenthcentury family who saw the Civil War unfold before their very eyes.

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912 words912 words
32 pages32 pages
Lexile AD950LLexile AD950L
Grade 1 to 3Grade 1 to 3
Published 2005Published 2005

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Book ISBN:

0618442308

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