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Caves, Cannons and Crinolines [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Stowe McClure
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Book Description

In May of 1863, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford decides to enlist in the Confederate Army. Two incidents trigger her decision. First, for months General Ulysses S. Grant and his Federal troops have been shelling Vicksburg, Mississippi. To control Vicksburg is to control the Mississippi River. Now, Vicksburg is under siege, cut off from the rest of the world.

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award in the category Young Adult, an Award-Winning Finalist in the Novella category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also an Award-Winning Finalist in the category of Teen Literature Fiction in the 2011 Global eBook Awards.


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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.

Product Details

  • 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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0HACO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable historical fiction 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Historical Fiction September 7, 2010
By pksm
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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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm So Glad I Read This Book! October 4, 2011
By Susan
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down January 19, 2014
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Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is the story of fourteen year old Lizzie and her family in Vicksburg during the American Civil War. It's not just a fight for survival for Lizze and her family, with cannons dropping on their house, food shortages, and wandering vagabonds. Lizzie must also grow up and find her place in the world, as a woman, a sister, and maybe one day, a partner.

As soon as I started reading this book, I knew I was in good hands. From page one, the book launches into an action packed adventure, combined with just enough emotion to let me share in Lizzie's fears, sorrows, and joys. The author expertly weaves the story of Lizzie's personal growth into the adventure and makes the characters and the atmosphere feel very real. I was left thinking about the book for a long time after I finished reading.

In an added bonus, the book is also quite educational. Without meaning to, I learned a lot about the American Civil War, while still feeling like the book was light-hearted and easy to read. I finished the book in one day.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes meaningful stories with strong characters and action. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
An interesting and good read. I've read a lot of books on the civil war and this one is different
Published 15 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary treasure, and a must-read for young history buffs
This historical work of fiction is a literary treasure, and a must-read for young history buffs. - When fourteen year old Elizabeth's older brothers go off to fight for the... Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by Literary Classics Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary treasure, and a must-read for young history buffs
This historical work of fiction is a literary treasure, and a must-read for young history buffs. - When fourteen year old Elizabeth's older brothers go off to fight for the... Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seige of Vicksburg
Beverly Stowe McClure has crafted an accurate and exciting historical novel for young adults in Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Katherine Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lizzie's story
Life is turned upside-down for 14-year-old Elizabeth Stamford when her hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi is under siege during the Civil War. Read more
Published on September 2, 2010 by Beth B. Reinke
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written indeed!
In Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure has deftly crafted an appealing tale of war, family, and the coming of age of a headstrong heroine. Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by Darby Karchut
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kid's Eye View
Beverly Stowe McClure is an award-winning, multi-published author. In Caves, Canons and Crinolines she delves into the pages of history, bringing them to life in this young adult... Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by N.A. Sharpe, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting civil war read
McClure crafts a compelling young adult novel that takes place during the Civil war with Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by Sally Pink Reviews
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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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