The American Civil War
by Ben Thompson

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/October 2014

The first in a three-book series

"This action-packed Civil War title launches a nonfiction series dedicated to extraordinary chapters of history. ... In all, it's a rousing introduction to this defining conflict that makes the history appealing and relatable. - PW

"The book's greatest strength is its colloquial storytelling. ... the breezy, sometimes-humorous style makes the history accessible. Thompson's passion for his subject is infectious. ...  - Kirkus

"Thompson displays a solid knowledge of the Civil War.... He ably covers major battles, campaigns, and figures...mixing informational passages and fact boxes with colorful action sequences."—School Library Journal


From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts.

History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!