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Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hard Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make: whether or not he should help a Yankee escape to freedom. Filled with intriguing suspense and tackling difficult questions about slavery, this story, told in accessible short chapters, will appeal to history buffs as well as those who appreciate a faithful dog.


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Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hard Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make: whether or not he should help a Yankee escape to freedom. Filled with intriguing suspense and tackling difficult questions about slavery, this story, told in accessible short chapters, will appeal to history buffs as well as those who appreciate a faithful dog.

30 review for Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡‿◡)}

    An easy to read and quick book about a boy named Tommy who befriends a Union (Yankee) soldier (While Tommy is only ten, where he lives is on the side of the Confederates) and helps him escape. He had heard Henry say, “The heaviest burden in the world is a burden carried alone.” Henry was right. Content: Language: N/A Sexy Stuff/Romance: N/A Violence: brief descriptions of the bloody soldiers coming into the hospitals. (view spoiler)[ The bright, well-kept sanctuary was gone; in its place was a world An easy to read and quick book about a boy named Tommy who befriends a Union (Yankee) soldier (While Tommy is only ten, where he lives is on the side of the Confederates) and helps him escape. He had heard Henry say, “The heaviest burden in the world is a burden carried alone.” Henry was right. Content: Language: N/A Sexy Stuff/Romance: N/A Violence: brief descriptions of the bloody soldiers coming into the hospitals. (view spoiler)[ The bright, well-kept sanctuary was gone; in its place was a world filled with screams, groans, and pleas for help, and a heavy, overpowering smell of death. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gphatty

    The book is good, but slight. Perhaps that is necessary, when introducing topics of war and slavery to young children, for whom this book is intended. I wanted more -- if only more plot, or more characterization, but that might just be my adult reading voice speaking. It is a very cute book, though, and I do believe that younger children might even find it exciting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    We really enjoyed this one. We did it as a family read-aloud, but if I had it to do over again (and had more time before having to return the book to the library), I would have assigned this for individual silent reading or for the kids' personal read-aloud challenges. The vocabulary wasn't as rich as I like for read-aloud but it's perfect for practice. I really liked seeing the main character struggle with a choice he had to make, and really try to do the right thing, weighing his options agains We really enjoyed this one. We did it as a family read-aloud, but if I had it to do over again (and had more time before having to return the book to the library), I would have assigned this for individual silent reading or for the kids' personal read-aloud challenges. The vocabulary wasn't as rich as I like for read-aloud but it's perfect for practice. I really liked seeing the main character struggle with a choice he had to make, and really try to do the right thing, weighing his options against Scripture. He and his sister did end up telling some untruths for their plan to work, and it set up a good family discussion for us about lies and good intentions and the much-debated question of whether it's okay to deceive during a war or other desperate times. The author did not address that specifically, but does give an admirable example by having her characters spill all and deal honestly with their father by the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandro

    This was an adventurous book. There was a wagon coming Tommy, Annie, Samson went to see at the window at first they thought it was hogs, squash, etc. but then they looked very closely they were wounded, and dead soldiers. The explained why it stink to much. The was one man who had lost an arm and under his arm he hold a book suddenly he dropped the book. Tommy told Samson to fetch it. (Samson is a dog, Tommy a boy, and Annie a girl). When Samson returned with the book. Tommy and Samson went to t This was an adventurous book. There was a wagon coming Tommy, Annie, Samson went to see at the window at first they thought it was hogs, squash, etc. but then they looked very closely they were wounded, and dead soldiers. The explained why it stink to much. The was one man who had lost an arm and under his arm he hold a book suddenly he dropped the book. Tommy told Samson to fetch it. (Samson is a dog, Tommy a boy, and Annie a girl). When Samson returned with the book. Tommy and Samson went to the Church that was as a hospital they saw the men in the corner and went to give the book to him. The man said they called him Red. Tommy gave Red his book and Red a poem to Tommy when Tommy asked. Tommy figured out that he had an accent and his Jacket was very big. When Tommy's father came he looked at he's Jacket and said that it had buttons from Mississippi. Tommy figured out that Red was a Yankee. He had so many questions on his mind that he been frustrated. Red said that he only wanted freedom. Tommy knew that's what Henry wanted so he left the church/hospital as he was walking home Annie told that she had been listening when Red said that he was a Yankee. Annie said that she would tell. Tommy didn't want to turn in Red so made a deal with Annie that Samson would sleep with Annie for a week. Tommy was going to help Red escape and get back to his town because he had a child. Henry was a negro and his boss didn't treat him that well. Red said that they would meet and bring someone else with him. Tommy parents went to visit. As Tommy was trying to help Red escape people were looking for Henry especially Henry's boss. He carried a rifle with him. When they were about to escape they heard someone coming when they looked it was Annie. Tommy made a plan that Samson woul bark and then guards would ask what happening so she would say that she had just seen Henry pass. Annie did as Tommy had to her. The plan worked the guards believed her and left. As Red was about they heard something. It was Henry Tommy told them to hurry up Red and Henry shook Tommy's hand and said goodbye. They got in the train and left. Tommy was very proud of himself. He's father came with Annie and told Tommy and Annie that he was proud for the two of us. We looked on the other side of the river if they had made it to the other side and sure enough they did. We waved to them and one of them waved back. This book included many other details. I just tried to describe the main events another event that happened was that they were in war. In prisons slaves were starving and need food, etc. I recommend this book if you like to learn about history and about the civil war.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Mattalyn 4th grade: This book, full of emotion and Adventure was amazing! WHen a young boy is forced to make a big decision,he doesnt know what to do. he cant tell anybody. with war going on, let the soldier go back to his family? Or turn him in a be a hero? With this big weight on his shoulders his sister finds out and boasts about telling unless he makes a gode trade. If the soldier gets caught, they could go to jail.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allen

    The setting was where I lived until the 6th grade.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    Escape By Night is told by Tommy, a 10-year-old boy in Georgia during the Civil War.  His father is a pastor whose church has been transformed into a temporary hospital to accommodate the large number of wounded Confederate soldiers returning from the front.  When he sees an arriving soldier unwittingly drop a book in the street as he is being carried into the hospital, Tommy picks it up to return it to him.  When Tommy realizes his new friend is, in fact, a Yankee soldier in disguise, he must Escape By Night is told by Tommy, a 10-year-old boy in Georgia during the Civil War.  His father is a pastor whose church has been transformed into a temporary hospital to accommodate the large number of wounded Confederate soldiers returning from the front.  When he sees an arriving soldier unwittingly drop a book in the street as he is being carried into the hospital, Tommy picks it up to return it to him.  When Tommy realizes his new friend is, in fact, a Yankee soldier in disguise, he must make a decision whether to help the man escape to the North before he is discovered by the authorities or turn him in and watch him go to prison as an enemy. With short chapters and easily accessible language Escape By Night serves as an introduction to historical topics such as the Civil War and moral topics such as slavery.  There is a moment when Tommy's new friend asks Tommy a question about slavery that Tommy puts into his 10-year-old logic and gets a simple and obvious answer: "Do you think Henry wants to be free?"  Red asked. "Yes," Tommy said, without hesitation.  "Henry has someone telling him what to do all the time.  I hate it when my sisters tell me what to do." An adult reader understands that slavery is a much deeper issue than just being told what to do, but for a young reader just learning about the concept of slavery and the Civil War, Tommy's reasoning is easy to understand and identify with. Tommy's insight about using the principles we so often speak about using only words is also significant: It wasn't only for Red's benefit that this had happened.  IT was for Tommy, too.  Just a few days ago mercy was something you talked ab out in church, not something you actually did. This is a great way to show how beliefs can translate into action, rather than simply talk about them--which becomes important when having discussions with young readers about the relationship of stories to real life:  what we can learn from them about ourselves and each other. In summary, Escape By Night is a quick read that may work in classrooms (perhaps in conjunction with Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts--another 2016-17 Lovelace nominee about a young black girl in 1963 at the very beginning of school integration) as a springboard for history or social studies lessons.  It may also provide a quick independent read for students in Grade 3 (or beginning of Grade 4).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margo Tanenbaum

    This beginning chapter book provides an exciting Civil War story suitable for readers in second to fourth grade. When a wagon full of wounded Confederate soldiers rolls into their Georgia town, Tommy notices a small notebook belonging to one of the soldiers falling out of the wagon, and sends his faithful greyhound dog Samson into the street to fetch it. Tommy's father's the minister of the local Presbyterian church, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital, filled with "a heavy, over-tow This beginning chapter book provides an exciting Civil War story suitable for readers in second to fourth grade. When a wagon full of wounded Confederate soldiers rolls into their Georgia town, Tommy notices a small notebook belonging to one of the soldiers falling out of the wagon, and sends his faithful greyhound dog Samson into the street to fetch it. Tommy's father's the minister of the local Presbyterian church, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital, filled with "a heavy, over-towering smell of death." Tommy's desire to return the notebook to its owner leads him to make a new friend among the wounded soldiers, Red. Tommy realizes there's something different about Red, and it's not just that he treats Henry, a slave working in the hospital, with respect. Tommy's determined to find out the truth about this soldier. Although he talks to Tommy and Henry, he won't talk to any of the white adults. Could his strange accent mean that he's really a Yankee? Although this book is written for early elementary school readers, the author weaves in many serious issues. Because of his discussions with Red, Tommy begins to question the morality of slavery, and the meaning of friendship, loyalty, and mercy. Should he turn Red in, in which case he'll be sent to a horrible prison camp, or help him escape? There's plenty of suspense, too, for young readers, and a happy ending appropriate for the age group. The book includes a brief author's note, explaining that the book is based on the story of the young Woodrow Wilson, who as a boy was known as Tommy. Although the story is fictional, the young Woodrow Wilson lived across the street from the First Presbyterian Church, where his father was pastor, and which became a hospital during the war. Wilson's early life surrounded by the casualties of the Civil War made a profound impact on him, and this book helps us imagine those times. Author Laurie Myers has published a variety of books for children, including Lewis and Clark and Me, which tells the story of Lewis and Clark's travels from the point of view of Lewis' dog, Seaman. This is her second historical title.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Boling

    6/2015 ** I re-read this book in 2015, without looking at the review I wrote in 2012. At this time, I've rated it with 4 stars, rather than 3. 5/19/12 ** (3 stars) This was an unexpected find when I attended an Indiana SCBWI conference with my husband and was browsing the bookseller's display. I typically wouldn't have bought a new,hardback for my classroom, but thought the topic and ease of reading made the book worthwhile. Tommy's father is the pastor at the Presbyterian church in their small, G 6/2015 ** I re-read this book in 2015, without looking at the review I wrote in 2012. At this time, I've rated it with 4 stars, rather than 3. 5/19/12 ** (3 stars) This was an unexpected find when I attended an Indiana SCBWI conference with my husband and was browsing the bookseller's display. I typically wouldn't have bought a new,hardback for my classroom, but thought the topic and ease of reading made the book worthwhile. Tommy's father is the pastor at the Presbyterian church in their small, Georgia town. When floods of wounded Confederate soldiers arrive by every train, the church is converted to a hospital. Tommy sees a one-armed man drop a book while being transferred from a wagon into the church. When he rescues the book and returns it to the man, he quickly realizes there's a mystery. When Tommy realizes that the man might be a Yankee soldier,he has to decide whether to expose his secret or help him escape. The escape of slaves also becomes part of the story. The book handles a complex issue in a rather simplistic way, yet provides an ethical quandary, suspenseful action, and satisfying conclusion in the limited space allowed in a 120 page early chapter book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lanica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SCHOOL LIBRARIAN REVIEW: I read this book in about an hour. It introduces many of the topics of the American Civil War in a simple and non-threatening way. It is definitely written for the youngest readers. Many topics are 'what if' and 'I wonder' ideas in the main characters head rather than strong ideas thrown out for harsh impact. The main character is a boy who lives in the South. His fathers church has been turned into a hospital for southern soldiers. He finds a journal and returns it to a SCHOOL LIBRARIAN REVIEW: I read this book in about an hour. It introduces many of the topics of the American Civil War in a simple and non-threatening way. It is definitely written for the youngest readers. Many topics are 'what if' and 'I wonder' ideas in the main characters head rather than strong ideas thrown out for harsh impact. The main character is a boy who lives in the South. His fathers church has been turned into a hospital for southern soldiers. He finds a journal and returns it to a soldier, but is immediately struck by something 'off' about the man. He talks to the injured man, and comes to like him. When it is confirmed that his new friend is a Northerner he is forced to choose between the adult facts about the war and the enemy that he has been raised with, or the feeling of friendship and instincts about what is right and wrong within him. The 'escape' is tense, but not dark or disturbing and in the end everyone is left happily where they belong. It is a simple read, great for a read aloud. I recommend this for any elementary school library. Also as a low level, high interest at a middle school.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dornel Cerro

    Ten year old Tommy McKnight is a stanch supporter of the Confederacy. His father’s church in Augusta, Georgia has been converted into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. There, Tommy and his dog, Samson, befriend Redmon “Red” Porter, who doesn’t seem to share the same views on the war that Tommy has been taught. When Tommy realizes that Red is a Union soldier, he must decide whether to help him escape or turn him in to the authorities. This fast paced, action packed story, touches on ma Ten year old Tommy McKnight is a stanch supporter of the Confederacy. His father’s church in Augusta, Georgia has been converted into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. There, Tommy and his dog, Samson, befriend Redmon “Red” Porter, who doesn’t seem to share the same views on the war that Tommy has been taught. When Tommy realizes that Red is a Union soldier, he must decide whether to help him escape or turn him in to the authorities. This fast paced, action packed story, touches on major Civil War issues (states rights, slavery) and demonstrates that even children can make a difference. Several black and white illustrations interspersed throughout the narrative provide visual clues and details aboutthe time period. Recommended for students in grades 4-6 and would work well for older reluctant readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Based on a possible childhood experience of President Woodrow Wilson, this tale is set in Wilson's boyhood hometown of Augusta Georgia. The tide has turned in the Civil War and the South is losing ground. Refugees and wounded soldiers pour into Augusta, and Tommy Wilson's church is turned into a hospital. He meets a young Yankee soldier disguised as a Confederate from Mississippi. After hearing his story and also the story of an enslaved man he knows, Tommy agrees to help the Yankee escape to th Based on a possible childhood experience of President Woodrow Wilson, this tale is set in Wilson's boyhood hometown of Augusta Georgia. The tide has turned in the Civil War and the South is losing ground. Refugees and wounded soldiers pour into Augusta, and Tommy Wilson's church is turned into a hospital. He meets a young Yankee soldier disguised as a Confederate from Mississippi. After hearing his story and also the story of an enslaved man he knows, Tommy agrees to help the Yankee escape to the North rather than turn him in. The frequent references to Biblical passages and Tommy's struggle with knowing God's will make this especially appropriate for our Christian school's student readers. Short chapters, short book (120 p.) F&P assigns level T; seems too high. AR gives it 3.8, which is Q on the conversion chart. Lexile.com says 520, which is L on the conversion chart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elnara Browers

    Summary: A Yankee soldier needs Tommy's help to return home. Tommy has to decide what would be the right thing to do. Along with his friends, they come up with a plan. Mentor trait: idea is central around the events of the Civil War. Organization - multiple characters are involved in the plot. Each is followed separately through their voice traits. Book Level Middle grades (4-8) ATOS 3.8 Lexile 520 Recommendation: Social Studies, Civil War, friendship, making right decisions, following conscience. Summary: A Yankee soldier needs Tommy's help to return home. Tommy has to decide what would be the right thing to do. Along with his friends, they come up with a plan. Mentor trait: idea is central around the events of the Civil War. Organization - multiple characters are involved in the plot. Each is followed separately through their voice traits. Book Level Middle grades (4-8) ATOS 3.8 Lexile 520 Recommendation: Social Studies, Civil War, friendship, making right decisions, following conscience.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate Hastings

    Grades 2-4. RL 520. Civil War Fiction. Boys will especially enjoy this story of Tommy and his sister who watch the church-turned-confederate hospital across the street as soldiers are brought in and out. One day they see a book fall out of an injured soldier's hand. Could it be battle plans? A diary from a fallen general? Afterall, it must be a very important book for a soldier to have brought it to war and kept it so close. But the book isn't all what they expect, nor is its writer. Both hold a Grades 2-4. RL 520. Civil War Fiction. Boys will especially enjoy this story of Tommy and his sister who watch the church-turned-confederate hospital across the street as soldiers are brought in and out. One day they see a book fall out of an injured soldier's hand. Could it be battle plans? A diary from a fallen general? Afterall, it must be a very important book for a soldier to have brought it to war and kept it so close. But the book isn't all what they expect, nor is its writer. Both hold a dangerous secret.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    12th read aloud of 2015-2016. And one of the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees for next year. I was a little disappointed. The premise was interesting. About a boy (Tommy) in 1863 Georgia who discovers a Yankee soldier hidden among wounded confederate soldiers. Tommy grapples with the issue of slavery and has to decide whether or not to report the Yankee. Good introduction to the Civil War. Just way too simple. And way too many God references for a public school. Kids rated it an average of 3.28 stars 12th read aloud of 2015-2016. And one of the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees for next year. I was a little disappointed. The premise was interesting. About a boy (Tommy) in 1863 Georgia who discovers a Yankee soldier hidden among wounded confederate soldiers. Tommy grapples with the issue of slavery and has to decide whether or not to report the Yankee. Good introduction to the Civil War. Just way too simple. And way too many God references for a public school. Kids rated it an average of 3.28 stars. I thought it was just okay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Charbonneau

    Myers and Bates raise the tight format of a short chapter book to new heights as not a word or line of illustration s wasted in this beautifully crafted story. Escape by Night mixes suspense and adventure with real moral dilemmas involving loyalty, love of family and slavery. Sampson the wonder dog is a great bonus! Highly recommended!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Good intro to Civil War and slavery theme for an early chapter book. High level with few details which is typical for this level of book. Book from the perspective of a southern boy. I've seen several from a northern perspective so I appreciated this different view. Simple words and easy read. Boys father was a religious leader and the boy's decisions are guided by his religious beliefs. Good intro to Civil War and slavery theme for an early chapter book. High level with few details which is typical for this level of book. Book from the perspective of a southern boy. I've seen several from a northern perspective so I appreciated this different view. Simple words and easy read. Boys father was a religious leader and the boy's decisions are guided by his religious beliefs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. B

    A quick little read based very loosely on the childhood of future president Woodrow Wilson. Young Tommy (Wilson's first name was Thomas; Woodrow is his middle name) is growing up in Augusta, Georgia during the Civil War. His father's church has become a hospital for injured soldiers. What happens when one of the injured soldiers he meets is from the northern states? A quick little read based very loosely on the childhood of future president Woodrow Wilson. Young Tommy (Wilson's first name was Thomas; Woodrow is his middle name) is growing up in Augusta, Georgia during the Civil War. His father's church has become a hospital for injured soldiers. What happens when one of the injured soldiers he meets is from the northern states?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Fowler

    This book is about a young boy that has a hard decision to make. He doens't want to break the law but he knows he has a Christian duty. He can't decide what to do until he hears his father's sermon one Sunday morning. Then he knows what he must do. A sweet story. This book is about a young boy that has a hard decision to make. He doens't want to break the law but he knows he has a Christian duty. He can't decide what to do until he hears his father's sermon one Sunday morning. Then he knows what he must do. A sweet story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Nine year old Tommy McKnight knows where to put his trust and loyalty: God, family, his beloved Georgia, and the Confederacy. But what will he do when being loyal to one makes him disloyal to another?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miss Amanda

    gr 3-5 120pgs Octobe 1863 Georgia. When Tommy visits the hospital in town for Confederate soldiers, he meets Red and discovers that Red has a secret. Red is a Union soldier! Should Tommy keep Red's secret or should he help him escape? gr 3-5 120pgs Octobe 1863 Georgia. When Tommy visits the hospital in town for Confederate soldiers, he meets Red and discovers that Red has a secret. Red is a Union soldier! Should Tommy keep Red's secret or should he help him escape?

  22. 4 out of 5

    A.J.

    A book I ran across while shelving in the children's library. I loved reading historical fiction as a kid, and it was a refreshing little read. Interesting story and good way to introduce the major moral dilemmas of the Civil War era. A book I ran across while shelving in the children's library. I loved reading historical fiction as a kid, and it was a refreshing little read. Interesting story and good way to introduce the major moral dilemmas of the Civil War era.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Perfect historical adventure for students! I loved the writing style as well as the page-turning flow of the book. Looks like another great one to add to my read aloud list and classroom library for checkout!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Culleen

    just a quick lunchtime read at work. Well written for 3rd to 5th graders

  25. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Good, fast-paced mix of adventure and history.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Short historical fiction based on the childhood of Woodrow Wilson. 120 pp.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Good book for juveniles/middle grade. Good message about mercy and doing what's right, as well. Good book for juveniles/middle grade. Good message about mercy and doing what's right, as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Carlson

    Quick read. Civil War adventure.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

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