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Newbery Medal Winner, 1958

With fighting erupting around his Kansas farm, 16-year-old Jefferson Davis Bussey can hardly wait to join the Union forces. He wants to defend his family from the dreaded Colonel Watie and his Cherokee Indian rebels. After enlisting, Jeff discovers the life of a soldier brings little glory and honor. During battle, his friends die around him. And when he infiltrates Watie’s camp as a spy, he discovers the enemy is much like himself—only fighting for a different cause. As Jeff collects information, he wonders if he will be able to betray his new rebel companions when the time comes for him to return to the Union forces. Historian and author Harold Keith packs this well-researched novel with fascinating details and breath-taking action. Rifles for Watie was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Believable characters and vivid battle scenes burst from the pages of history with narrator Tom Stechschulte’s dramatic performance.

©1957 Harold Keith (P)1999 Recorded Books

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  • Chris
  • 27-01-2015

Great coming of age story

My 12 year old loved this book. It was exciting and realistic. I loved it as it gave my son a literary example of a young man transitioning into adulthood with his honor intact.

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  • Robert Tewart
  • 23-02-2018

a favorite book.

I read this book for the first time in high school and loved it then. I've read it several times since and enjoyed it each time. this is the first time that I've listened to it on Audible. The performance was quite good, the voices were well done and I enjoyed the pacing that the narrator used.

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  • Kristie Pauldine
  • 10-01-2018

Greatest Audio Book Ever!

I would listen to this book for hours at a time. Very nicely done. I would stay up at night unable to sleep, wondering how the book would end! If you do listen to this, and enjoy it like I did, you should listen to Mr. Tucket, another great story.

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  • kimmacvb
  • 06-07-2019

A Great, Under-appreciated Civil War Novel

This novel gives a reader a good look at life in the west during the Civil War. It is every bit as good as North & South by John Jakes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

great book

I've read this book many times over the years. never gets old.i recommend it to all.

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  • B. Surkan
  • 28-06-2018

Balanced treatment of the Civil War

One of the most delightful recordings I've ever heard! Exceptional story and narration, with multiple voices, accents and emotion.

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  • Andrea07
  • 12-02-2018

Great Book!

I read this book almost 20 years ago and loved it. I listened to it now and loved it just as much!

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  • Laurke
  • 19-12-2017

Loved it

My kids talked me in to hearing it.... lol 😏, and loved it! I don’t know why though.😆

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  • Jacob Scott Thomas
  • 03-03-2021

favorite book growing up

I read this book in 6th grade and loved it so much I read it probably 4 times that year. Over the years since then I've read it atleast once every 2 years or so. It never gets old. I'm so happy I found it on audible!

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  • Alinthesouth
  • 26-06-2020

great historical novel with life lessons

great book with so much history. the main character is like most of us- a passionate teen ready to live, and as he experiences the Civil War, he gains understanding and wisdom of the world and the people around him. highly recommended for 12+

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