Buffalo Soldier

Publisher: Walker Books

Review

Plantation slave Charley Smith is eleven when America blows itself apart, with Abraham Lincoln's decision to prohibit slavery. Charley thinks a slice of heaven is coming her way. But it's a taste of hell. Her surrogate mother is raped and lynched. Charley is left to burn in the cellar. But she survives, stealing the clothes from a dead man's back to enlist in the army. But clearing land and killing red Indians doesn't seem right. Nor does being a man when Jim, the Indian tracker, joins up…

A moving, gritty and convincing teenage historical drama where love and loyalty take on prejudice and greed.

*Contains scenes of violence and rape

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