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Escape by Night

A Civil War Adventure

Laurie Myers; illustrations by Amy June Bates

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make: whether or not he should help a Yankee escape to freedom.
 Filled with intriguing suspense and tackling difficult questions about slavery, this story, told in accessible short chapters, will appeal to history buffs as well as those who appreciate a faithful dog.

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Chapter 1
 
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The dog’s ears stood straight up. He rushed to the window and barked loudly.
“What’s bothering Samson?” Annie asked, looking up from her book.
Tommy pushed open the second-story window and leaned out. Samson joined him.
“There’s a wagon coming down Telfair Street,” he said. “Samson, what do you think’s in the wagon? Hogs?” Tommy smiled as he imagined the hogs snorting and squealing.
“It’s more likely beans or squash,” Annie said. She tossed her book aside and joined
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REVIEWS

Praise for Escape by Night

“The succinct and simply written narrative will appeal to reluctant and younger-grade readers while the full-page black-and-white pen-and-ink sketches provide the visual time and epoch setting of the story.” --School Library Journal
 
"A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
“Sharp historical fiction, adeptly streamlined for reluctant readers." --Publishers Weekly
 
"This quick and exciting chapter book isn’t shy about advancing a moral message but does so with a light touch, allowing Tommy to arrive naturally at his convictions.” --Booklist
 
“The succinct and simply written narrative will appeal to reluctant and younger-grade readers while the full-page black-and-white pen-and-ink sketches provide the visual time and epoch setting of the story.” --School Library Journal
 
"A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
“Sharp historical fiction, adeptly streamlined for reluctant readers." --Publishers Weekly
 
"This quick and exciting chapter book isn’t shy about advancing a moral message but does so with a light touch, allowing Tommy to arrive naturally at his convictions.” --Booklist
 

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ESCAPE BY NIGHT by Laurie Myers, Amy June BatesKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of ESCAPE BY NIGHT A Civil War Adventure. In October 1863, a 10-year-old minister's son in Augusta, Ga., finds himself at a moral crossroads after secretly befriending a wounded Union soldier.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Laurie Myers; illustrations by Amy June Bates

  • Laurie Myers is the author of several well-received books for intermediate readers, including Lewis and Clark and Me and collections of stories that she collaborated on with her mother Betsy Byars and sister, Betsy Duffey: My Dog, My Hero; Dog Diaries; and Cat Diaries. Ms. Myers lives with her family in Augusta, Georgia. www.lauriemyers.com Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest and Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. www.amybates.com
  • Amy June Bates
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Escape by Night

A Civil War Adventure

Laurie Myers; illustrations by Amy June Bates

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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