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Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in Rifles for Watie.A native Oklahoman, he was edu-cated at Northwestern State Teachers College at Alva and at the University of Oklahoma.
While traveling in eastern Oklahoma doing research on his master's thesis in history, Mr. Keith found a great deal of fresh material about the Civil War in the Indian country. Deciding he might someday write a historical novel, he interviewed twenty--two Civil War veterans then living in Oklahoma and Arkansas; much of the background of Rifles for Watiecame from the note-books he filled at that time. The actual writing of this book took five years.
Since 1930, the author has been sports publicity director at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has a son and daughter.
I reread this book as part of my project to read all the Newbery award winners.
In this book, you get to see what life was like on both sides of the battle grounds, when Jeff fights for both the Union and the Confederacy, as a Union spy.
Every school age child should read this book, and I highly recommend it for adults as well.
I read this as kid and did not understand the story. As an adult it made good sense to me an I really enjoyed it now.Published 12 days ago by Richard Gizinski
A good read especially for kids wanting something historical.Published 2 months ago by Sharon J Wilson
Solid coming-of-age historical fiction that I originally read back in the 6th grade and will never forget. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HopCop2006
RIFLES FOR WATIE by Harold Keith is one of my all-time favorite books. It was the first book I read that really brought the American Civil War to life, giving real humanity,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lornwal
This is a book that is used in a Literature class that is taught to high school kids. One of my favoritesPublished 8 months ago by Jackie R. Roberts
After following all the way through the book, it ends with a big blah. A slow read but interesting through out, until the ending. Big let down.Published 8 months ago by Squirebuck
I am frankly surprised by all the 5-star reviews here. I give it 3 tops. This book rambles on and on for 352 pages and ends like that? I expected more from a young-adult novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ken Koncerak
Such a nice book...my son read it at age 10 (fifth grade) when he was learning about the American Civil War. He enjoyed it. On par with Across Five Aprils. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mom2two