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Winner  Sharp Writ Book Awards YA Fiction 2013
Gold Winner Children's Literary Classics YA Fiction 2012
Finalist Eric Hoffer YA 2012
Honor Reader's Favorite YA Fiction 2012
Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Award 2011
Finalist Global eBook Award Teen 2011

About the Author

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of novels for teens including Listen to the Ghost and Rebel in Blue Jeans. A native Texan, she lives in the country with her husband and cat.

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  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1606191128
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0HACO
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Most days, you'll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories. She's sometimes called the "bug lady." She's not telling why.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on July 15, 2010
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Do you know what a crinoline is? Most young ladies today would have no idea. However, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford is a fictional young lady, who lives at Vicksburg, MS, in 1861 during the Siege of Vicksburg by General Grant and his Union forces. Her father is a physician at the local hospital. Her two older brothers, Joseph and Willie, are soldiers in the Confederate Army fighting in Virginia. She, her mother, her younger brother Nathan (Nat) who seems slightly slow-witted, and their two servants are forced to live in a nearby cave while the Union cannons are shelling Vicksburg. Patrick, the young man who had been sweet on her, signed up with Joseph and Willie, but he had already been killed.
Lizzie has a rebellious streak, and feeling great anger toward the Union forces due to all the changes they forced in the Stamfords' lives, she puts aside her crinoline, which is a hoop skirt with a petticoat of highly sized, stiff fabric to make it flare, and sneaks out, disguised as a boy dressed in Nat's clothes calling herself Eli, to join General Pemberton's Confederate defenders. However, that does not go too well, especially after Private Arnold, who had become like a mentor to her, is killed right before her eyes, so she decides to return home. On the way, she discovers a Yankee soldier, Private Benjamin Clayton from Ohio, who had been shot in the arm, and, thinking about what she would want people to do if they found either of her brothers injured, she took him home where her father attended to his wounds. The soldier leaves a few days later in the confusion when the Stamfords receive a letter about Willie. Will it be good news or bad news? And will Lizzie ever see or even hear from Ben again?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pksm on September 7, 2010
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The main character, Lizzie, is a wonderful blend of strength and vulnerability. She is faced with changes in her life that she neither wants nor likes and she is determined not to accept all of them. The supporting characters in this story are equally likeable and very believable.

This historical fiction is steeped in emotion, danger and trauma. It is so compelling that I didn't realize I was approaching the end (read it on my Kindle) and was sorely dissappointed when I found I had reached it. I would have loved for this adventure to continue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2010
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Even when the world is coming down around you, the need for love and comfort is more important than ever. "Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines" tells the story of Lizzie Stamford and her family as they struggle to survive and live their lives as the American Civil War explodes around them. Through the chaos around them, they try to remember what is truly important in their lives. "Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines" is an intriguing read, not to be missed for historical fiction readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 4, 2011
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Most of us have read about the American Civil War, Mrs. McClure gives us a chance to live it through the eyes of Lizzy, a 14-year-old girl who is determined to help the South send those darn Yankees back to the North where they belong. Their beloved family home isn't safe anymore, and if the war keeps up any longer, it will be unrecognizable from all the rubble surrounding it. Lizzy hates those cannons. She hates living in a cave even more, but what really gets her ire up is seeing how much those Yankees have turned the lives of her family upside down.

She rarely sees her father. He's the town doctor so he's gone for days at a time, caring for wounded soldiers. Apparently, it doesn't matter that his family also needs him. Both of her older brothers snuck off in the middle of the night to enlist. Nobody has heard from them since. Lizzy writes them daily, but she's afraid for them. She's afraid of a lot of things lately. The cannons are getting closer, food is scarce, and her gentle younger brother, Nat, is changing. If this war keeps up, Nat might abandon his dreams of flying machines for a gun!

Her mother is too busy to notice. When she's not making bandages for the war effort or helping wayward neighbors, her attention is on Lizzy. The woman is determined, against all odds, to turn her daughter into a proper Southern lady. All Lizzy has to do is look pretty, keep her opinions to herself, and focus all that excess energy on attracting a suitable beau.

The Yankees!--Lizzy decides, all of this mess is the Yankees' fault. Donning her brother's clothes, she sets off to enlist. Someone has to end this war. Why not her?

Guns, battle, Yankees... none of them are what she expects. The lines between right and wrong are blurred. Friends are foes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Boyer on September 21, 2011
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Beverly Stowe McClure has crafted an accurate and exciting historical novel for young adults in Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. She describes the Siege of Vicksburg through the eyes of a young Southern girl, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stamford. Lizzie and her family, consisting of her mother, younger brother, Nat and their two servants have to live in a cave during the siege in an effort to keep safe from the Yankee bombardment. Her father is a doctor who cares for the wounded at the local hospital and is not home very often. Ms. McClure gives a faithful account of the townspeople's plight during the siege - cave dwelling, lack of food and horrors of war.
Wanting to do something to help with the cause, Lizzie disguises herself as a boy in a misguided attempt at joining the Confederate troops. She soon learns that this is not the way to help, but meets a Yankee soldier who has been wounded. Her natural caring and the thought of her brothers make her take him to her house to nurse his wounds. She realizes that friendship comes through caring, not necessarily where you live or who you are. Read about Lizzie's experience and a small part of our history. Lizzie's spunky attitude shows throughout the story and does not waiver for long as she accepts what is happening and looks forward to the future when the war is over and all is returned to normal.
Beverly Stowe McClure lives in Texas with her husband, Jack. She is a mother to three sons, grandmother to four granddaughters and two grandsons and great grandmother to one great grandson. Her official bio says she married very young.
Beverly is a member of both the North Texas and the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a finalist in the Dan Poynter eBook Global Awards for Teen Literature -- Fiction.
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