Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015. "What kind of a girl steals the clothes from a dead man's back and runs off to join the army?
A desperate one. That's who." At the end of the American Civil War, Charley - a young African-American slave from the deep south - is ostensibly freed.
But then her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob and Charley is left alone.
In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person's skin can bring violent death, Charley disguises herself as a man and joins the army.
Soon she's being sent to the prairies to fight a whole new war against the "savage Indians".
Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it's only when Charley is posted to Apache territory that she begins to learn what it is to be truly free.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/04/2014
- Category: Historical
- ISBN: 9781406314595
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Review by SueS7
Really enjoyed this book. Strong female character, who is a survivor in an environment that oppresses and abuses. It is her journey to discover what freedom means as she escapes a life as a slave and joins the army under the guise of a male. The horrors she lives through and the treatment by the army for being an African American is testament to her resilience. Love and loss so closely connected in this story.