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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064405885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064405881
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the words of PW's starred review, Newbery Medalist Fleischman's fictional treatment of this Civil War battle "relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up. Through the alternating viewpoints of 16 characters from various walks of life, readers gain insight into the first battle of the Civil War and into the nature of war in general. Poignant, dramatic cameos seamlessly woven together make for compelling historical fiction.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California, the son of children's book author Sid Fleischman. Drawing on history, music, art, and theater, his books have often experimented with multiple viewpoints and performance. He received the Newbery Medal in 1989 for JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES, a Newbery Honor Award for GRAVEN IMAGES, the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for BULL RUN, and was a National Book Award finalist for BREAKOUT. He lives on the central coast of California.

For more information, visit paulfleischman.net.

Customer Reviews

Paul Fleischman has a unique way of intertwining characters and their perspectives of the Civil War.
Lauralu
This is a unique and interesting perspective the author gives and is a great introduction to the Civil War in any primary Social Studies Class.
Joe Owen
Bull run is a book that offers the reader a chance to see the Battle of Bull Run from a variety of perspectives.
Charlene S. Hayes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
You can accuse Paul Fleischman of a lot of things. Laziness is not one of them. When I told the kids in the bookclub I run that we were going to be reading something called "Bull Run" by a Mr. Paul Fleischman, they were quick to inform me that they were already familiar with him. "He's the guy who wrote, 'Joyful Noise'!", cried one delightedly. I agreed that this was indeed his best-known work but that, "Bull Run" was probably going to prove to be a little different from a poetry book of insect noises. This turned out to be a particularly foresighted statement when some concerned parents informed me that they were not comfortable with the violence of this book and would rather that their children not read it. I was caught a little unawares. I shouldn't have been. If you are one of those concerned parents, allow me to tell you that yes, there is violence in "Bull Run". Heck, you're not going to have a whole book about a single exceedingly bloody battle without some blood actually making it into the text. However, the battle violence is brief and the story a compelling one. If you've a kid just hankering for the glories of combat, this should snap them out of THAT little fantasy right quick.

The story follows the narratives of sixteen people. Some are black. Some are white. Some are men fighting against the South and some are women fighting against the North. Each voice is distinguished from its fellows and tells its own very particular tale. Sometimes these voices repeat within the book. Other times, they speak thrice and then vanish without a trace. People die, others survive, and some just linger on the sidelines. Most stories, however, end up at the Battle of Bull Run.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
As america entered the civil war, 16 men and women must survive as they and their loved ones go off to war. This compelling tale by Paul Fleischman talks about the hardships that had to be taken during the time of the Civil War. The story starts out with Colonel Oliver Brattle, a Southerner who is in the midst of battle. Then the story goes on to talk about Lily Maloy, a northerner whose brother had gone off to war. And the story goes on to talk about other characters, from the north and south, men and women, black and white. Also in the beginning it talks about the attack on Fort Sumter, and the movement of troops to Bull Run.

You will notice that most of the story revolves around the march of troops to Bull Run. There are a lot of battles in this book. The battles usually revolve around the battles between the attack on Fort Sumter and the battle at Bull Run.

Characters like Colonel Oliver Brattle, Shem Sugs, and Carlotta King were from the south. Other characters like Lily Malloy, Gideon Adams, and A.B. Tilbury were from the north. Though these characters were seperated by the north and the south they had some of the same interests of either to stop war or going into war.

As you read through the book you start to see the personality of each character, some of the personalities you can relate to. Dr. William Rye has a careless personality in some of the story. Toby Boyce has a independent personality along with a kids personality. Hopefully you will find a character that has a personality that best fits you. I think that Im most like Virgil Peavey.

In my own opinion this novel is a good buy. Its my favorite book of 2006 and maybe 2007. It has great detail of the battle of Bull Run and is great for schools, but that is my own opinion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Paul Fleischmen does it again in The Great Battle of Bull Run. This novel received many awards and starred reviews such as the 1994 Scott O'Dell Award, The Best Book for Young Adults, A Notable Children's Book, and Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 1993. It's based on the battle of Bull Run. Even though the characters are fictional, the factual background is true.

Bull Run, which was the first battle in the Civil War, is a story told from 16 different points view. Women or men, black or white, they were all involved in the great Battle of Bull Run. All of the characters are facing the same problems but describe the events from a different perspective. They are either whirled into flowers of joy, or kicked into a mass of frightening knots. Each character describes his or her experience during the Great Battle of Bull Run.

The writing style is unique because it varies with each person speaking. For example, Gideon Adams, who is African American, feels lost in a world full of whites. His language is uneducated and you can tell. Lilly Malloy has much more educated speech and can definitely be putrid to other people, while Gideon Adams couldn't criticize anyone if he tried. This book is definitely worth your time and money because the events are true, the individuals are real, and the battle was the first and bloodiest conflict in the Civil War. The story does not try to make you feel happy, which makes you feel like you're really there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Bull Run, by Paul Fleischman, is a fictional story about the Civil War told by sixteen different people. The book was written so that you could see the war from different perspectives. Some of these characters are from the South and some from the North. There are both men and women, as well as a few children.
I thought that the book was an interesting way to read about the Civil War. I was able to easily read it and it held my interest. My favorite character was Toby Boyce. He is an eleven year old boy from the South. He joins the war by pretending he is a musician.
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs some information about the Civil War. I think that teenager readers and up would get the most out of this book.
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