Bull Run

Author Fleischman, Paul
Language English
Publisher
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2010




Annotation:

Elem. School Library Collection



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Youth, 2002 American Library Association
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 American Library Association-YALSA
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, Jan. 15, 1993 American Library Association
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1993 American Library Association
  • Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books, 1993 Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • High Interest-Easy Reading, 1996 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1993
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1994 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • Notable Children's Books, 1994 Association for Library Service to Children
  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1993 National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 1993 Cahners
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss , 1996 Indiana Library Federation
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1993 Cahners
  • School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 Cahners
  • Suggested Books for RIF List ALSC American Library Association
  • Teachers' Choices, 1994 International Reading Association
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1994 American Library Association
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1998 American Library Association
  • Notable Children's Books, 1994 ALSC American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1994 Winner United States
  • Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, 1994 Winner United States
  • California Book Awards, 1993 Winner United States
  • Jefferson Cup Award, 1994 Worthy of Special Note Virginia
  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, 1994 Winner United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award , 2000-2001; Nominee Indiana
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1995-1996; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Golden Sower Award, 1996; Nominee Nebraska
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1994; Nominee Kentucky
  • Maine Student Book Award, 1994-1995; Nominee Maine
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1996; Nominee Illinois
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1996; Nominee Virginia
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 1997; Nominee Connecticut
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1995-1996; Master List Kansas

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0060214473
HarperCollins Publishers (New York:) 1993.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 2

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 810
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 4


9780064405881, 0064405885
Harper (New York:) 1995.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 2

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 4


0590474081
Scholastic (New York:) 1994.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 4

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Reviews :

Toni Buzzeo (Audiofile, June/July 1999)
A superb symphony of 12 voices will both delight and move the listener in this marriage of evocative text and remarkable characterizations. Paul Fleischman's Civil War tapestry is hung to wonderful advantage as the author, portraying James Dacy, joins 11 other readers to render the stories of 16 common men and women: soldiers, leaders, observers, sisters, mothers and children. The story is rich with Northern and Southern cadences, dialects of race and region, a thick German accent, and a sonorous Scottish brogue; each voice is entirely distinct, offering the listener a strong advantage over the print reader of this complex book. The occasional crack of gunfire or lyric of a Civil War melody dresses up the compelling reading. Fleischman's author's note, read at the end of the production, sheds additional light on the creation of this remarkable book. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1999 (orig. 1993), Audio Bookshelf, Two cassettes, 2 hrs., Book pak, $17.95.
(PUBLISHER: Audio Bookshelf Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $17.95., PUBLISHED: 1999 (orig. 1993))

Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 10))
Reminiscent of the PBS series "The Civil War," which featured voices reading from letters and diaries of the period, this unusual book spotlights a series of fictional characters, eight from the South and eight from the North, at the beginning of the conflict. The pieces, which appear as a series of single-page entries from 16 journals, stand alone as vivid monologues of well-realized characters. As time passes, the characters reveal more of themselves and their common tragedy, until their paths (or the paths of their loved ones) converge at Bull Run, where some die, others lose relatives, and many illusions of glory give way to images of death and devastation. While some of the characters are soldiers, others provide more oblique perspectives on the war: Toby Boyce, 11-year-old fife player from Georgia who is eager to see action at the front; young Minnesota farm girl Lily Malloy, whose beloved older brother runs away to join the Union army, never to return; Carlotta King, a slave accompanying her master to war, who flees north after the battle; Nathaniel Epp, an opportunistic photographer whose only loyalty is to his purse; and Edmund Upwing, a coachman hired to drive two congressmen and their wives on a picnic "to watch the thrashing of the Rebs" at Bull Run. Abandoning the conventions of narrative fiction, Fleischman tells a vivid, many-sided story in this original and moving book. An excellent choice for readers' theater in the classroom or on stage. Category: Older Readers. 1993, HarperCollins/Laura Geringer, $14 and $13.89. Gr. 6-12. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Deborah Zink (Children's Literature)
Coiled by time and the battle at Bull Run, these are separate monologues from folks whose lives were forever altered by the Civil War. Together the eight fictional accounts from Southerners and the eight from Northerners tell a whole story of pain, loyalty, and disillusionment. This unforgettable lesson encourages youngsters to approach a situation with the knowledge that there are more than two sides to each story; there are as many accounts as there are witnesses. This book will provide insight as well as fine material for student drama. 1994, HarperCollins, $14.00, $14.89 and $4.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1993)
Sixteen voices are commandingly woven into a fascinating, fast-paced account of the Civil War battle of Bull Run. Blending humor, excitement and danger with a grim depiction of war, Fleischman moves in and out of the lives of characters who represent diverse backgrounds, experiences and points of view: north, south, black, white, male, female, military, civilian, etc. Among them are southern colonel Oliver Brattle, whose passion for battle has long ago died; Lily Malloy, the anxious sister of a northern soldier; and Gideon Adams, who "passes" for white in order to fight for the North. Each of the sixteen characters speaks in separate chapters that advance the story while remaining firmly rooted in the experience of the individual. The action begins in the days and weeks preceeding Bull Run, and advances up to and through the disastrous battle, when lives are changed forever. Chapter headings identifying each speaker are enhanced by David Frampton's woodcuts, unique for each character, which further distinguish the shift from one distinctive voice to the next. The author has provided a listing of the various characters and the pages on which they speak at the end of the book so that the work may be easily adapted for the stage or readers' theater. Honor Book, 1993 CCBC Newbery Award Discussion. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Teenagers; Historical People, Places And Events. 1993, HarperCollins, 104 pages, $13.89. Ages 11 and older.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
Using a montage of characters in the manner of Spoon River Anthology, a fine novelist and poet offers 60 vignettes from 16 contrasting individuals who describe experiences from Fort Sumter to Bull Run. Coming from both North and South in equal numbers, the narrators include a colonel and a general (the only historical figure here); a Mississippi slave who hopes the state of Virginia will offer a chance for her to escape her master and for a free black man who passes as white to join an Ohio regiment; a southern matriarch who prays for the survival of her daughters' husbands and a Minnesota Irish lass who, in the end, mourns the death of a brother who ran away to war to escape their abusive father; a filer boy and a rough Arkansan who's in the cavalry because his passion is horses; a photojournalist; and an ironical coachman, who drives congressmen and their wives out from Washington to sip champagne and view the battle. Bringing a poet's skill to crafting a unique and believable voice for each, Fleischman selects telling incidents to reveal character and to evoke the early course of the war and its impact on ordinary people--some beginning with dreams of glory, all forced to endure the grim reality. He also suggests the possibility of staging the work or performing it as "readers' theater"--a demanding endeavor that could be well worth the effort. An unusual, compelling look at the meaning of war, the Civil War in particular. Maps and illustrations not seen. 1993, HarperCollins, $14.00; PLB $13.89. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In the words of PW's starred review, Newbery Medalist Fleischman's fictional treatment of this Civil War battle ``relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait.'' Ages 10-up. (May)
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Like a Shaker cabinetmaker, Fleischman creates stories of deceptively simple design (his books are characteristically slim, his prose as taut as a violin string) that resonate with grace and beauty. His distinctive style has seldom been more effective than in this powerful and poignant account of the first major battle of the Civil War. Reminiscent at times of the technique used to remarkable effect in the acclaimed PBS-TV series The Civil War , the novel relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait of a war that remains our nation's bloodiest conflict. In a series of snapshot-like first person accounts, 16 characters (all fictional excepting Gen. Irvin McDowell) from all walks of life--male and female, black and white, Northern and Southern--trace their thoughts, emotions and experiences, from their first bright hopes through the brutal reality of battle. Lily Malloy watches her beloved 17-year-old brother run off to fight for the Union. In Cincinnati, Gideon Adams, a light-skinned African American, dons a disguise and enlists, fearing discovery at every turn. Eleven-year-old Toby Boyce fakes ``Dixie'' on the fife and his audacity convinces the Confederate recruiter to let him join the band. Virginian Flora Wheelworth nurses both Rebel and Yankee in her home near Manassas. Like a fugue, the voices appear, retreat, reappear and blend, gathering momentum and intensity as the current of events pulls the characters inexorably toward the bitter clash by the quiet Virginia stream. Fleischman's artistry is nothing short of astounding. With a few swift strokes of the pen, he creates characters readers care about, and with whom they can sympathize, regardless of their loyalties. Typically deft with a metaphor, here he soars: ``the slimmest of smiles fled his lips, like a snake disappearing down a hole.'' He even manages to inject dry humor into what on the whole is an unflinching look at a grim subject, as when Toby Boyce boasts of his skill on the fife, remarking that he finished ``not . . . much behind the others on most of the pieces and well out in the lead on `Dixie.' '' This is a tour de force that should not be missed. Children's BOMC selection. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÂ’s Books, March 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 7))
In a sequence of sixty one- to two-page narratives, fifteen fictional characters (and one real general) recount their experiences during the Civil War. A few encounter each other, most meet unawares or not at all, but they have in common a battle, Bull Run, that affects-and sometimes ends-their lives. The writing is clean and the idea clear, but too many tracks muddy the water. Some individuals appear three times, some six, but the broad interspersion makes the identity of each difficult to remember and the development of various scenarios hard to follow. The advantage of such a large cast is, of course, the broadly represented range of society, from a bewildered general to a photographer who gets involved in the fighting to a slave determined to follow her freedom where it leads her. Students who perform the work on stage or as readers' theater, which is suggested in an endnote, will have the advantage of visual portrayals to help sort things out, and any reader will find an absorbing amount of information personalized in these all too brief accounts. Ad--Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Geringer/HarperCollins, 104p, $13.89 and $14.00. Grades 5-7.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kem Knapp Sawyer (The Five Owls, May/June 1993 (Vol. 7, No. 5))
Bull Run is a collection of vignettes from the lives of those who fought the first Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. The voices that speak to us, and there are sixteen of them, are not easily forgotten. Their words will pull at your heart and echo in your ears. They tell the story of a nation divided in two, families split apart, and bodies dismembered. The general and the foot soldier, the photographer and the courier, the freedman and the runaway slave, the doctor and the cannoneer--all converge on Bull Run for the first major battle of the Civil War. Fleishchman's brilliant portrayal of this moment in time is nothing short of a tour de force. The voices may sound dissonant at first, but a common thread soon emerges. Men and women from the North and South hear the call to battle. Caught in the fever of the moment, they share in the excitement, but the expectations they hold and the dreams they have are lost. Gideon Adams, an African American, wants to join the army, but is told that "It's a white man's war." Flora Wheelworth tends to the sick and dying; she saves locks of hair from the dead soldiers to send to their families. Dr. William Rye operates without chloroform on men, "fanning clouds of flies" from their wounds. He takes some consolation in knowing that those who have died "hadn't lived to maim and murder countless other men in battle." Lily Malloy's brother, defying their father, runs off in the middle of the night to enlist. He never returns, leaving Lily with "a great hatred for the stream called Bull Run." Each character is introduced by one of David Frampton's beautifully executed woodcuts. Frampton has chosen a clever, striking symbol for each of the sixteen characters--a hat for Gideon Adams, who wants to hide his hair so he can pass as white; a spool and needle for Flora Wheelworth, who sews shirts by the score for the soldiers; a fife and bugle for Toby Boyce, the eleven-year-old who is "desperate to kill a Yankee" but is too young to carry a gun and joins the band instead. All sixteen woodcuts, appearing on the cover like squares of a patchwork quilt, hint at the richness and diversity of the characters within. A note at the end of the book makes the excellent suggestion that this work be performed as a readers' theater. I cannot think of a better way to make the characters come alive. With Fleischman's ear for language and his ability to capture an individual in a few brief pages, Bull Run, read aloud, will offer a fresh perspective on the Civil War and the many lives touched, hardened, or crushed by battle. 1993, HarperCollins, $14.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In the words of PW's starred review, Newbery Medalist Fleischman's fictional treatment of this Civil War battle ``relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait.'' Ages 10-up. (May)
(PUBLISHER: Harper (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Susan B. Stavropoulos (Audiofile, June 1996)
The Battle of Bull Run springs to life through the lives of several participants. An elegant Southern lady speaks of seeing her family off to battle. A slave weighs the possibilities of freedom. A photographer marvels at the phenomenon captured by his camera. In Fleischman's book each observation is a separate chapter. In the recording these are defined by the different readers. The actors in this extraordinary production perfectly characterize various individuals through dialect, vocal quality and mannerism. Each individual is readily recognizable as a particular story is taken up again in a new chapter. These marvelous readers become very real voices amid the din of the Civil War. S.B.S. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1995 (orig. 1993), Recorded Books, Two cassettes, 2 hrs., Book pak, $18.00.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 1995 (orig. 1993))

E. Fox (Parent Council Volume 5)
The sounds of the Civil War come alive in this collage of people in and around the decisive battle of Bull Run. In a stark format, each person tells his or her own story with minimal sound effects. The result is a dramatic performance in which the everyday banality of life is intertwined with the high drama of war. We hear from an array of participants including an eleven-year-old fifer, a Negro volunteer disguised as a white man in the Union army, Confederate women, and generals on both sides. This tape is a good way to educate young people about all aspects of conflict--the grisly and the heroic. 1995, Recorded Books, $18.00. Ages 10 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 1995 (orig. 1993))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Winner of the Newbery Medal, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a Publishers Weekly Best book of 1993, Bull Run has become a modern classic of historical fiction for young adults. In this brilliant narrative, Fleischman re-creates the first great battle of the Civil War from the points of view of sixteen different participants. Through an unflinching narrative of the battle of Bull Run, human faces begin to emerge from the faded pages of history. Read by a varied cast of narrators, the characters on both sides spring to vivid life as they share their feelings as the battle of Bull Run rages around them. Intimate and instructive, this recording is a tour de force that will please parents and teachers who are looking for a way to interest youngsters in reading and history. Cast of narrators, in order of appearance, includes: George Guidall, Christina Moore, Andy Paris, Peter Francis James, Barbara Caruso, Robert Sevra, Johnny Heller, Tom Stechschulte, Richard Poe, Paul Hecht, John McDonough, Jeff Woodman, Sam Gray, Richard Davidson, Sally Darling, and Mark Hammer. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 94624, $20.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 1995 (orig. 1993))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Winner of the Newbery Medal, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a Publishers Weekly Best book of 1993, Bull Run has become a modern classic of historical fiction for young adults. In this brilliant narrative, Fleischman re-creates the first great battle of the Civil War from the points of view of sixteen different participants. Through an unflinching narrative of the battle of Bull Run, human faces begin to emerge from the faded pages of history. Read by a varied cast of narrators, the characters on both sides spring to vivid life as they share their feelings as the battle of Bull Run rages around them. Intimate and instructive, this recording is a tour de force that will please parents and teachers who are looking for a way to interest youngsters in reading and history. Cast of narrators, in order of appearance, includes: George Guidall, Christina Moore, Andy Paris, Peter Francis James, Barbara Caruso, Robert Sevra, Johnny Heller, Tom Stechschulte, Richard Poe, Paul Hecht, John McDonough, Jeff Woodman, Sam Gray, Richard Davidson, Sally Darling, and Mark Hammer. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C1748, $25.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C1748 $25.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2010

Media Type: Computer File
1 sound media player (2 hr.):
PZ7.F599233 ([Fic])
9781615875320
1615875328
"HDAUDIO."
Title from Playaway label.
Previously released by Audio Bookshelf p1999.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Issued on Playaway a dedicated audio media player.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Audio Bookshelf Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $17.95., 1999

Media Type:

1883332370
9781883332372
Northport Me.: Audio Bookshelf, 1999

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (2 hrs.):
PS3556.L42268
"Paul Fleischman makes an appearance as the voice of James Dacy and concludes this unique production with a personal author's note- allowing us to [sic] glimpse into his beginnings as a writer as well as how Bull Run came to be written"-Container.
Unabridged.
Recorded Books Two cassettes 2 hrs. Book pak $18.00., 1995

Media Type:

078870432X
9780788704321
New York: Harper, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
identical books (104 p.):
([Fic])
0064405885
9780064405881
Number of identical books varies.
"A Laura Geringer book."
Map on lining papers.
New York: Scholastic, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
102 p.:
(F Fle)
0590474081
9780590474085
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
104 p.:
PZ7.F59918 ([Fic])
0060214465
0060214473
9780060214463
9780060214470
"A Laura Geringer book."
Map on lining papers.
Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C1748 $25.75.,

Media Type:

9781402522932
1402522932

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