Death on the River Set during the last year of the American Civil War Death on the River portrays the grim brutality of war through the eyes of a young soldier After the older brother he worshipped is killed in battle

  • Title: Death on the River
  • Author: John Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781554691111
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set during the last year of the American Civil War, Death on the River portrays the grim brutality of war through the eyes of a young soldier.After the older brother he worshipped is killed in battle, young Jake Clay joins the Union Army in the spring of 1864, determined to make his parents proud and honor his brother s death His dreams of glory vanish, however, when he iSet during the last year of the American Civil War, Death on the River portrays the grim brutality of war through the eyes of a young soldier.After the older brother he worshipped is killed in battle, young Jake Clay joins the Union Army in the spring of 1864, determined to make his parents proud and honor his brother s death His dreams of glory vanish, however, when he is wounded and taken prisoner in his first battle at Cold Harbor, Virginia, and confined to the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, where 30,000 soldiers face violence, disease and starvation Frightened and disillusioned, Jake takes up with Billy Sharp, an unscrupulous opportunist who shows him how to survive, no matter what the cost.By the war s end Jake s sleep is haunted by the ghosts of those who have died so he could live When the camp is liberated, Jake and Billy head north on the Mississippi riverboat Sultana, overcrowded far beyond its capacity Unknown to Jake, the fateful journey up river will come closer to killing him than Andersonville did, but it will also provide him with his one chance at redemption.

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    1. The novel Death On the River by John Wilson is a story that takes the reader back into the days of the civil war. With a so-called “addiction to history” Wilson describes the life of a young soldier named Jake Clay in great detail. In Wilson’s short biography in the back of the book, he admits that even the worst horrors that are told in the story are true accounts. That being said, this book is still written with diction that most closely relates to the reading level of a juvenile, and m [...]


    2. Could you imagine living in a place that is nicknamed “Hell”? Andersonville is called this because of the awful living conditions, harsh diseases, and the lack of quality food that is given to the captured there. Jake Clay, the main character, is having a tough time coping with the things that he has seen and that he could not prevent. The main character of this book is Jake Clay. The book takes place in the deep south of the Confederate States, Andersonville, Georgia. Jake struggles to li [...]


    3. If this book had a different cover, I'd be able to sell it more at my high school. Unfortunately, the cover is horrible and cheesey. The story, however, is pretty darn good. I could see this being used on an American History reading list pretty easily.Jake Clay joins the Union Army after his brother dies fighting. Why? For revenge? to escape his grieving family? Either way, he is thrust into fighting in the South and is taken to Andersonville after being captured. And, wow, of course the conditi [...]


    4. This is a Young Adult book, more for high school than a lower level I think. But I found it to be a very gripping story which I read very fast, almost in just one sitting ( it's 193 pages). It's a story set in the Civil War and covers the POW experience of the war ( which has been covered before) but it's also about the worst maritime disaster of US history--the sinking of the steamboat SULTANA ( which is certainly not a well-known event). The main character is a young Union soldier named Jake C [...]


    5. Reason for Reading: John Wilson is a Canadian author whom I have read a few books of and enjoyed. I also enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction.This is a dark, merciless book which shows one side of war, its heinous toll on life, the bloody injured victims and those people whose characters will let them take advantage of the less fortunate in any situation. The story is that of a just turned 18 year-old, Jake Clay, who joins the Union Army because his brother whom he looked up to was killed [...]


    6. Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadTooWhen Jake's brother is killed in battle during the Civil War, he decides to join up with the Yankee Army in order to honor his brother's memory.Taken down in a bloody battle, he's sent off to Andersonville, Georgia, one of the worst prison camps in recorded history. When a soldier without any moral sense befriends Jake, he's flattered, and desperation drives him to turn a blind eye when the man murders, lies, and steals to survive.When the end of the war grants [...]


    7. I read this book right after Alive in the Killing Fields so it might not get a fair shake from me. I liked the story itself, the Civil War experience with prison gangs and being in a prisoner of war camp.Since finishing the book I've been thinking about how I would group or introduce it to my students. I decided to tie it in with other gang related books because so many of the students I teach think that gangs are new. While they are contemporary, they are certainly not new. Another area that I [...]


    8. Recommended for gr. 6-9. Mild expletives, war imagery. The story opens with Jake about to leave a hospital to return home at the end of the Civil War. The reader learns about his story in flashbacks. The war that Jake experiences is not glorious and heroic, it is full of death and unfairness. The story may appeal to boys who like blood-and-guts war stories, although much of the story takes place at the Andersonville prison camp and very little during actual fighting. It would have been nice to h [...]


    9. Jake Clay lies about his age to become a soldier in the Civil War. He is captured and held prisoner in a Confederate prison camp. To ensure his survival, Jake quickly joins a gang and befriends another soldier who has no problem killing other fellow soldiers to steal from them. This story may be uncomfortable for some readers, as Jake's actions aren't always honorable. The author clearly is an expert in this field of study, and the book is rich with historical information. I think this book woul [...]


    10. I found it to be a well-written YA book about the experiences of a young Union Soldier who is caught, sent to the notorius Andersonville Prison and eventually regains his freedom. the young man joins the Union Army after his older brother is killed in battle. The book covers 3 years of his life, from the time he joins until he regains his freedom, shortly after Lincoln is assassinated.


    11. This book Death on the River is a very good book. I would recommend it my friends. This is what happens. There is this man who is going to go home from the war and on a boat with other people and the hits something and the boat crashes and alot of people die except him. it is an action book and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.



    12. I really enjoyed this book. Jake clay joins the Yankee army to honor his brother who died in the war The horrors he gets put up against after hes put in a army camp is unavailable. He learns quickly he has to find a group of men to have his back. Because if he was alone he would die there. I thought it was interesting to know the ghosts that would haunt him during that. It gave me another look on war.


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