It is the autumn of 1864 in Richmond, Virginia. The great and glorious capitol of the Confederacy is surrounded on three sides by Union troops. This time the Yankees are not going away.
Thirteen year-old Ryan and eleven year-old Matthew O’Toole, having moved from Boston to Richmond with their father, mother and big sister only a little more than three years earlier, find themselves in a dangerous predicament. As the war rages on around Richmond and it looks as if finally the Union might prevail, some of their southern friends turn against them. The two boys are considered "dirty Yankees" now and their loyalty is suspect.
When the two boys help a freeman and his son to escape Richmond, the situation only becomes worse for the O’Toole family until they too must abandon their home and begin a danger-filled flight to the north and freedom.
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About the Author
A musicologist by profession, I've written two music-themed mysteries (The Beethoven Quandary and The Mephisto Mysteries) as well as a handful of children’s books in a variety of genres.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is really inspiring. It really shows courage and bravery. These kids are risking their lives to help out a friend in danger. It shows how one act of kindness can make a difference.
Historical fiction (the Civil War) with a lot of action, if not always completely realistic.
A 105 page well-written free story of a family's move from Boston,MA to Richmond,VA amid the subsequent trials of the Civil War when Grant surrounds Richmond. A family's children helping friend's and caught in the crossfire of the Confederacy and opportunists.