Title: Behind Rebel Lines
Author: Seymour Reit
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to love this book. This book reminded me of Mulan where you have a female disguise herself as a man in order to fight for what she believes in. This book, even though I appreciated the history of Emma Edmonds, I feel like her story could have been written better to give her life and actions justice. This book could have been amazing if only it was written better and there weren’t as many gaps.