Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma  Edmonds, Civil War Spy  -     By: Seymour Reit
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Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1988 / Paperback

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The true story of a Civil War spy who fooled the rebels - and her own troops. In 1861, when war erupted between the states, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men'sclothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Everyone, even her fellow soldiers, thought she was a man.
But Emma wanted to do more. When she heard a key Union spy had been captured and executed, she volunteered to take his place. Soon she was a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn. Emma had fooled her own army but could she keep her secret behind enemy lines?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Dimensions: 7 X 4 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0152164278
ISBN-13: 9780152164270
Availability: In Stock

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In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines.

Author Bio

SEYMOUR REIT is the author of more than eighty books for young readers. An experienced animated cartoonist, he is also the creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Mr. Reit lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

“The story is fast-moving, and Emma’s spunk...is evident.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This stranger-than-fiction story will captivate history buffs and hold the attention of the most reluctant reader.”—Bank Street College of Education
“A suspense-filled account of a brave and loyal feminist.”—Booklist

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