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Publication Date: 3 Apr 2014
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 5.3 UY
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Set at the end of the American Civil War, a young black girl disguises herself as a man and joins the army after her friend is raped and lynched by a racist mob.
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
NOTE : Carnegie Medal winner 2015