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Soldier's Heart: Being The Story Of The Enlistment And Due Service Of The Boy Charley Goddard In…

by Gary Paulsen

September 12, 2000 | Mass Market Paperbound

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In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a "shooting war" meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure.

The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart," later known as "battle fatigue."

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 128 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.34 in

Published: September 12, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440228387

ISBN - 13: 9780440228387

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Soldier's Heart: Being The Story Of The Enlistment And Due Service Of The Boy Charley Goddard In The First Minnesota

Soldier's Heart: Being The Story Of The Enlistment And Due Service Of The Boy Charley Goddard In…

by Gary Paulsen

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 128 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.34 in

Published: September 12, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440228387

ISBN - 13: 9780440228387

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                        He heard it all, Charley did; heard the drums and songs and slogans             and knew what everybody and his rooster was crowing.            There was going to be a shooting war. They were having town meetings             and nailing up posters all over Minnesota and the excitement was so             high Charley had seen girls faint at the meetings, just faint from             the noise and hullabaloo. It was better than a circus. Or what he             thought a circus must be like. He'd never seen one. He'd never seen             anything but Winona, Minnesota, and the river five miles each way             from town.             There would be a shooting war. There were rebels who had violated             the law and fired on Fort Sumter and the only thing they'd respect             was steel, it was said, and he knew they were right, and the Union             was right, and one other thing they said as well--if a man didn't             hurry he'd miss it. The only shooting war to come in a man's life             and if a man didn't step right along he'd miss the whole thing.            Charley didn't figure to miss it. The only problem was that Charley             wasn't rightly a man yet, at least not to the army. He was fifteen             and while he worked as a man worked, in the fields all of a day and             into night, and looked like a man standing tall and just a bit thin             with hands so big they covered a stove lid, he
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In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a "shooting war" meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure.

The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart," later known as "battle fatigue."

From the Jacket

"A stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life in the Civil War that may well challenge generations of middle-school readers."--The New York Times

"Paulsen's storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley's experience."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."--Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"The novel's spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."--Booklist, Starred

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books.

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Born:
May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer


Hobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across Alaska


Inspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Editorial Reviews

"A stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life in the Civil War that may well challenge generations of middle-school readers."--The New York Times

"Paulsen's storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley's experience."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."--Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"The novel's spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."--Booklist, Starred

Bookclub Guide

author fun facts

Born:
May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer


Hobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across Alaska


Inspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17