Juliet's Moon

Juliet's Moon

by Ann Rinaldi

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War is turning Juliet Bradshaw's world upside down. Her brother, Seth, rides with William Quantrill's renegade Confederate army, but he's helpless when the Yankees arrest Juliet along with the wives and sisters of Quantrill's soldiers as spies. Imprisoned in a dilapidated old house in Kansas City, Juliet is one of a handful of survivors after the building collapses, killing most of the young girls inside.
When she's reunited with her brother, Juliet finds the life she had previously known is gone. Surrounded by secrets, lies, murder, and chaos, she must determine just how far she will go to protect the people and things she holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547258744
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey.

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. 

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Chapter One

LIKE I SAID, my secret hiding place saved me and Maxine that day, just as I used to fancy it would. I’d stocked it well with sugar cookies, slices of smoked ham, even tins of food like Seth used in his guerrilla unit when he fought with Quantrill and his Raiders. Maxine, our house nigra, cook, and all-around friend to Seth and me, had given me a stone jar of water, pillows, and blankets to make it comfortable.

And, of course, I had my box of treasures: marbles I’d won from Seth at our last game; a blue feather from a peacock; one of Pa’s cigars, unsmoked, that I’d stolen from his desktop; some quills for a pen; a set of teeth from an animal that I like to think was a baby dragon found by the creek in back of the house; and my mother’s good pearl necklace that she gave me when I turned twelve. Right before she died.

Maxine was having some difficulty climbing the ladder to the tree house. I had to help her up. We spent the rest of the afternoon there. We ate the cookies and ham. We could see the house from where we were, disappearing in the smoke, belching flames from its windows.

And Pa, standing there alone one minute, alone in the barnyard, like he was cleaning his rifle, but waiting for the Yankees to return from the wheat fields. And in the next minute lying at the feet of the Yankees. Shot.

I didn’t love Pa. I never had. Not like I loved Mama and Seth. Pa was gruff and had a quick, hard hand to slap and no patience with a little girl. Seth knew how to handle him; I didn’t. Seth even bad-mouthed him, jokingly, calling him an old codger or some other term that Pa never seemed to mind. If I did that, I’d be put in a closet in the cellar and made to wait there until Seth talked him into pardoning me. Then Seth would come down and get me. "Don’t you know any better?" he’d say as I clung to him. "You can’t talk to him like that."

"You do," I’d sob.

Though they had their fights, Pa gave Seth freedom to "sow his wild oats" and would lecture him at the table the next morning. Seth yes sir’d and no sir’d him to death.

"He’d be disappointed in Seth if he didn’t sow his wild oats," Maxine told me.

Once, when Seth didn’t get home by four in the morning, Pa sealed up the house. Locked him right out. Seth came rapping softly at my window and I let him in. I got time in the cellar closet the next day, and Seth had to talk him out of my punishment.

I know Pa didn’t like girls. I know he’d wanted another son, instead of me. And he never let me forget it. For fatherly affection I went to Seth. Pa didn’t care at all.

Still, Pa shot! It was outside the realm of all family pettiness. He was still my father. Shot for what? For not giving out the whereabouts of his son’s guerrilla army unit? For not telling where their cache of ammunition was stored?

I shivered. Maxine put a blanket around me. "Pa’s dead," I told her.

"I know, chile."

"I’m an orphan. Will the authorities put me in an orphanage in Kansas City?"

"Ain’t no orphanage in Missouri will take you."

"Am I that bad?"

"No, ’cause you ain’t an orphan. You gots your brother, Seth."

"But he goes away to war."

"Seth ain’t gonna let anybody take you away. Not while he lives and breathes. Now you’re just a little girl. You just twelve. Seth is all of twenty-four. He old enough to care for you, even though he go to war. He gots me to see to you while he’s gone."

I hugged her. "We got to bury Pa."

"We wait for Master Seth," she said.

I looked up at her. "You call him ‘Master Seth’ now."

"Thas’ right. Thas’ respect."

"Do I have to respect him, too?"

"Wouldn’t hurt none if’n you did."

I giggled. "He’ll still swing me around, won’t he?"

She sighed. "Chile, it’s a different world out there now. I wouldn’t count much on anybody swingin’ you ’round."

I sobered. "I wager he would if I asked. Wouldn’t he?" All hope was gone from my voice.

Maxine sighed. "I wouldn’t ask, honey. I jus’ wouldn’t ask."

We were quiet for a while. The hours passed. I decided I didn’t like this world anymore. What kind of world was it if I couldn’t ask Seth to swing me around? The fire was down to smoldering and the afternoon blue turned to gray and my eyes stung from the smoke. My house was gone, my room gone. I wondered how the flowered bedspread had burned, if the dolls had stopped smiling, if my dresses and shoes had taken it well. I wished I had a newspaper so I could read about Sue Mundy. They had stories about her every day and I followed her doings avidly.

She was the only woman who rode with William Clarke Quantrill, the notorious leader of Quantrill’s Raiders. You couldn’t pick up a newspaper but there she was, in her women’s attire, sometimes in her men’s attire.

She fought as a man. Seth fought with her. But he would never talk about her.

I wondered what made her do what she did. If she ever had anyone to swing her around when she was a child.

We waited for Seth to meet us at the gates.

Copyright © 2008 by Ann Rinaldi

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nicoally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
12 year-old Juliet from Missouri, finds herself on the southern side during the beginning of the Civil War. Her father is killed by Yankees, therefore, comes under the supervision of her older brother, Seth, who is part of William Quantrill¿s guerrilla outfit. Told from Juliet¿s point of view, she is captured by the Yankees and placed in a Kansas City prison for being kin to one of Quantrill's men. The building collapses, but she is able to escapes; however, most of the other young girls die. She has learns her brother participated in Quantrill¿s massacre of the city of Lawrence. Next ¿Bloody¿ Bill Anderson kidnaps her, but Sue Mundy, a female Confederate solider, recuses her and Juliet's adventures continue. This book provides several real-life characters along with a bibliography where the reader could find additional information. While there are multiple books, fiction and non-fiction, on Quantrill¿s Raid, this is one of the few from a YA view--a definite original. Rinaldi captures the historical accuracy of the event with an entertaining flair. Recommend for grades 5-8.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
During the Civil War, Juliet Bradshaw's older brother Seth rides with Quantrill's Raiders in Missouri. This was a group infamous for its revenge tactics -- when the Yankees would burn farms and shoot Confederates, the Raiders would find Yankees for similar treatment. Riding with Quantrill is Sue Mundy, who was the most famous double agent of her time. Juliet doesn't like Sue, as she sees her as a rival for Seth's affections for his sweetheart Martha, but Sue comes to the rescue for Juliet more than once and earns her respect. Juliet, Martha, and the other sisters, wives and girlfriends of the Raiders are arrested by the Yankees and held as spies in an old house that ends up collapsing and injuring all of them and killing some. This was the real event that caught Ann Rinaldi's attention and brought her to creating Juliet's story. Juliet is a tough chick inside a Southern belle, and there are a lot of sides to war shown here that don't get attention often. 7th grade and up, good for the 8th grade Civil War unit, obviously.
plettie2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is as good a young adult historical fiction novel as there is. Rinaldi has developed rich characters that allows the reader an immediate connection. The choice of topic, a little known incident during the time of the Civil War. It is a clever, enjoyable read. The main character is plucky enough to convert female readers solely interested in romance stories. Well done!
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Juliet's Moon is a powerful and serious book about Juliet Bradshaw, a young teen living in 1863 Missouri, a state wrenched apart by the Civil War. Juliet's brother, Seth, is a a member of the famed Quantrill's Raiders. In retaliation for Quantrill's guerrilla raids, the Union Army burns the Bradshaw home. Juliet and other girls with "kin" in Quantrill's band are arrested and placed in a Union prison; but Juliet's trials do not end there. The story follows Juliet as the war heaps more danger, heartache and misery upon her.Her brother, honest and caring, tries to make sense of the war, the inhumanity, the killings, "You live with it, eat with it, and walk with it every minute of your life for quite a while, Juliet. And then one day you find you aren't eating with it anymore and you think it's disappearing, but then it comes back just when you sit down to a good meal of steak and eggs."Some of the plot lines seemed implausible, but truth can be stranger than fiction. The author's note that follows the story reveals that the most improbable occurrences in Juliet's Moon did, in fact, actually take place - a man masquerading as a woman in Quantrill's Confederate gang (the famous Sue Mundy) and the deadly structural collapse of a Union prison holding young, Southern, female civilians.The story reads like a Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain for teens, starkly and honestly showing the wartime degradation of morality and the ever-fluctuating measure of integrity - not only as it affects combatants, but also civilians, and even young girls. But also like Cold Mountain, Juliet's Moon offers hopefulness in love, as Juliet finds comfort in her loving brother and his "intended."The book jacket lists an age range of 10 and up, however, the predatory behavior of the soldiers toward the young girls, particularly Juliet, might be inappropriate. Best for ages 12 and up.
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Angela Kopfer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and i could not put it down.the time in history the civil war is so interesting in this book.i love how the author wrote this book as a mix with fiction and non fiction.so worth it!
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