An Absolutely Not So Boring Book About the Civil War

Today I have an absolutely not so boring book about the Civil War.  I read it in one day and totally got caught up in the mystery, the friend dynamic and yes even in the very chill romance.  This is a great selection for kids who love history and battles, but it is also a perfect choice for kids who like realistic fiction.  I love it when a book covers so many bases!

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Title: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobodyan absolutely not so boring book about the Civil War Private Nobody

Author: Matthew Landis

Target: Grades 6-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

Oliver is obsessed with the Civil War.  He knows every obscure fact and battle.  However, when he is paired with Ella to investigate the life of an unknown private, Raymond Stone, he is frustrated because Stone died before he could even fight in a battle.  Top that off with the fact Oliver really doesn’t like working with other people and Ella has a few quirks.  However, as they investigate Stone’s story they stumble upon some interesting mysteries and Oliver begins to discover some nuances about the war that he never considered before.

Why I love this book:

  • I loved how this book tackles bigger issues with subtlety and understanding, without being preachy or academic.  This book touches on a lot of things including the human cost of war, the role of Confederate monuments and black soldiers who fought for the Union.
  • I really liked Oliver.  He is a little nerdy, a little charming and often times very pragmatic.  His struggles in middle school with just finding friends and a budding romance felt very realistic.  Of course, he and Ella’s embarrassment about their parents hit a little too close to home.
  • I liked that readers are challenged to see more about war than battles and dates.  I have to admit that I was pretty caught up in the mystery of Private Raymond Stone!

Who this book is for:

This book is great for kids who like historical fiction or kids who are studying the Civil War.  But it is also just a fun read for kids who like a good story and a compelling mystery.  Kids who enjoyed The Secret of Ferrell Savage will like this one.

Final thoughts:

I read this book in one day!  A great book to hand to kids.

To purchase this book:

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