The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier: Virginia, 1863

The Journal of James Edmond Pease A Civil War Union Soldier Virginia Newbery Honor author Jim Murphy portrays the brave and rigorous army life of a year old Union soldier who has been ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of G Company during the

  • Title: The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier: Virginia, 1863
  • Author: JimMurphy
  • ISBN: 9780590438148
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Newbery Honor author Jim Murphy portrays the brave and rigorous army life of a 16 year old Union soldier who has been ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of G Company during the most brutal years of the Civil War James Edmond, a sixteen year old orphan, keeps a journal of his experiences and those of G Company which he joined as a volunteNewbery Honor author Jim Murphy portrays the brave and rigorous army life of a 16 year old Union soldier who has been ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of G Company during the most brutal years of the Civil War James Edmond, a sixteen year old orphan, keeps a journal of his experiences and those of G Company which he joined as a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War Library of CongressAlso see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE 1

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    1. JimMurphy

      An American author of than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including than 30 about American history He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred year old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children s TV producer and children s book author and editor, his two talented musician sons, a regal mutt, an African water frog that will live forever, and a house vast collection of books

    601 thoughts on “The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier: Virginia, 1863”

    1. I read this book only because it seemed interesting to my partners. I was surprised at how much action there was though. I ended up giving the book four stars instead of one or two as I originally thought before I read this book. I learned that you should NEVER judge a book by its cover literally


    2. The Journal of James Edmond Pease is a really good book that talks about the civil war of Virginia. This book is about private James Edmond Pease's expierience during Virginia's civil war. Learn how James survived during the war and his life afterwards. This book will teach readers to never lose hope and to never give up. People who read this book will get new perspectives about life and war.


    3. The Journal Of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier Book ReviewThe second book that I read this term was The Journal Of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier by Jim Murphy. Basically, the book is about the adventures that James has while fighting for the Union in the Civil War. The book focuses on the Civil War battles that take place in Virginia and describes the part that James plays in them.My favorite part of the book was when James got separated from the rest of the Union A [...]


    4. I really liked it but there were some details that were missing since most of the dear America books give you every detail. Other than that the book was gray and gave you a chance to see another prospective all together.


    5. This book had some very colorful language and a tiny hint of racism. (Not cool 😑 because I personally don't like that type of encouragement. ) I also feel sorry for James. 😔


    6. James is an orphan, raised by Aunt and Uncle. They do not make him feel loved or welcome, so he escapes during the night. After days of walking, he joins the 122 Regiment of NY Volunteers of Onondaga County. In later campfires, as each tells why they volunteered, James brings laughter when he responds, "I needed a pair of boots and a good meal."He is chosen to keep a journal of the Regiment's History, because his handwriting is more legible than most. His impression of the early battles are spri [...]


    7. This account of an "unlucky" underage boy who lied his way into the Union army in order to get "boots and a hot supper" is a gripping story, told through entries in a diary and punctuated periodically by sketches, ostensibly done by Pease.Not as much violence as there could have been, certainly, but still enough to make me think twice about letting my son read this (a precocious six year old) for another couple of years. But a fine telling in a believable voice with top-notch maps and a fine his [...]


    8. I am actually not a fan of the My Name Is America series. However I included them on my quest to read all the Dear America books. The reason why I'm not a fan is that I find them boring. I find them lacking something that the original Dear America series (for the most part) has. Though this specific book caught my interest long enough that I didn't struggle to make myself finish it. Its about a Civil War soldier who, at the command of his officer, keeps a journal to record the lives of his compa [...]


    9. I remember really liking this particular book. Mind you, I read it five years ago, but I believe I still recall a scene from the book: the main character going on a mad rampage against the enemy and successfully driving them back like a viking's beserker mode. That was one of my favourite scenes of all time and has stuck with me. What I learned from this book: Mad men are great fun.



    10. I'm pretty surprised at how some of these My Name Is America books tend to be violent and have curse words, especially when targeted for younger kids, but I guess that comes with being a 90's book*. I am also a tad bit disappointed that this particular series is so much shorter than the Dear America, and so covers less events.That being said, this is still a good series, and there are less repetitions of events than in the Dear America series. There are three in that set in the civil war, but at [...]



    11. My favourite part was the freaking spy-level badassness of a slave character as she runs rings around her 'masters' and tricked the hell out of them.



    12. This book was ok. It is about a 16 year old who joins the union army. I liked the story but i wish it want into more detail. I thought it was a good book and an accurate portrayal of how a soldier might have felt, thought, and went through. This is a historical fiction book.


    13. The Journal of James Edmond Pease, a novel made by the My Name is America series, is a story of a young civil war soldier who has to keep record of his group of men called G company. James Pease, who is 16 decided to join the army because of his dislike of being home with his uncle and aunt. After the past two journal keepers were kill in action, Pease recieved the job even though he thought it was bad luck. Through out the book though he realized that keeping the journal actually kept him sane [...]


    14. The story contains is a lot of information about the Civil War packed into a short text. The slaves in the story speak French, which brings an interesting dynamic to the text. Also, the narrator's lack of education is a focus of the story. The text includes a recurrance of grammatical errors, i.e. always substituting "was" for the correct were. The misspellings do add a spice of realism to the tale, but too often feel forced into the text. Surprisingly, the story highlights episodes of PTSD that [...]


    15. This book takes place in Virginia and Pennsylvania (mostly) and is set in 1863, and it goes into detail of a Civil War soldier, and is written like a journal. The protagonist James, is sixteen and ran from his Aunt and Uncle to fight in the war.The book starts off with James the protagonist, explaining why he has to keep a record of what happens as the days go by Though this book was a good read, it was kind of bland at certain parts, and didn’t have me hooked throughout the entire book. It d [...]


    16. 4th-8th gradeMurphy draws you into his book from page one. The outside of the book is gray in color showing a faded background of a civil war field with a charcoal picture of a young boy. This young boy is meant to represent James Edmond Pease. The story is technically broken into days not by chapters. The diary goes from the prelude of explaining he had help writing, to Nov 6th- May 13th of 1865. The writing is made to depict the era. The pages are from top to bottom of a smaller font with litt [...]


    17. At first, I found this installment of the "Dear America" series to be rather slow since it had a lot of war and army jargon. But it moved along a lot faster by the time Pease lost his company. Then, I was amazed by how moving the rest of the story was. Pease's encounters with death especially choked me up. I felt inspired by his courage despite his fear - amazing for a boy of only 16 years old fighting in a bloody war.Perhaps it is only my love of the American Civil War that made me enjoy this b [...]


    18. James Edmond Pease is a 15 year old boy fighting in the civil war who is given the assignment by his lieutenant to keep a record of his experiences. He thinks he is horribly unlucky and will probably die soon, but does as he is ordered. I enjoyed the book from the first "entry." It totally reminded me of my boys journal entries -sparse- and the need to give them specific instructions to get anything written. A fun, quick read.


    19. This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.


    20. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! When one can learn so much history, and yet be so drawn into a story that they can't put the book down, I say it's a keeper! James is a really interesting character as well; he has little self confidence but still rises to every challenge that faces him. He is persistent, and quick-witted - and he is an excellent writer. ;) There was a couple of swear words which could very well have been avoided. Otherwise recommended for ages 12 and up.


    21. This is part of the "Dear America" series and is subject to the usual litany of complaints attached (author unclear, how factual is it?, etc.). However, this account of a 16-year-old who lied his way into the Union army in order to get "boots and a hot supper" is a touching, believable account that is the best of any of the series I've read to date.


    22. I really enjoyed this book. I always try to put myself into a story and think about how I'd feel. This makes it a lot easier. He's a minor who lied about his age to volunteer. The author read multiple journals of real underage soldiers and took that info, merged it into the journal of James. Very informativeways an interesting read.


    23. This is my favorite book right now. Because it actually happened to someone. And just by reading their journal I can read about what happened to the person at the time. Plus this was so interesting. I couldn't put the book down. I totally recommend the Dear America Journals.


    24. I liked this book it was just how the war was. It had Great action and exitment. In the book it talked about a man that was in the civil war. That did good and was in a few battles. And was a peorson that did good in his ranks.


    25. I'm not sure what bothered me about this book. The main character was likeable enough. I just had a hard time feeling a part of the story, if you know what I mean. It's possible that the starting and stopping of the journal writing interfered for me.


    26. summery: The heart of virgina in the civil warcharictar trait: Adventurius,curius,a good shot and lonleyM.I.E: Axidently KILLING Allies in front of his genral.Recomondation: to war documentry/diary loving people


    27. This is a great book. I used this during literature circles for one of my PTLS lessons. It was a great read for the boys. It is about a young boy soldier who is fighting during the Civil War. I would recommend it to 4th and 5th grade teachers.


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