My Brothers' Keeper
My Brothers' Keeper: A Civil War Story
Ages 9 and up (Young Adult).
Set against the background of the Civil War, My Brothers’ Keeper takes young Joshua Parish from the farmlands of New York State to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Appomattox.
Josh’s brother is killed in a sniper attack and Josh becomes separated from his company, to wander alone for days before he is found and informally adopted into the Twentieth Maine - Colonel Joshua Chamberlain’s regiment.
The turning point of the war, and of Josh Parish’s young life, swiftly bears down on the Twentieth Maine. During the bloody battle of Gettysburg, Joshua performs valiantly alongside the older men and discovers the inner resources he needs to carry on amid the horrors of the war.
"A tight narrative that will hold readers’ interest, and Josh’s character development is both believable and touching. Historical details are accurate; anyone who has visited Civil War battle sites will find the experiences at Little Round Top and The Wilderness as convincing as they are exciting." --School Library JournalBuy My Brothers' Keeper Now