Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender

Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender: The True Story of a Civil War Spy, written by Carrie Jones and illustrated by Mark Oldroyd, is a nominee for the 2013-14 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Until I read this book, the story Sarah Emma Edmonds was unknown to me. I find it fascinating that a woman could go virtually her entire life pretending to be someone else and have no one be the wiser. I appreciate that this book gives young girls (and boys!) yet another heroine to read about. When learning about the Civil War, female heroes are few and far between, so it’s nice to add one more to the lineup!

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