The Grand Illusion

A Girl Soldier in the Civil War

by Caralyn Frooman Lipschutz Illustrated by Jennifer Cooney Vulpas



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/28/2019

Recognition Programs

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 210
ISBN : 9781532053740
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 210
ISBN : 9781532053757
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 210
ISBN : 9781532067563

About the Book

In 1861, 15 yr. old Alexandra is sent to Virginia to learn how to be a proper lady. The country is already in the grips of Civil War when a battle begins nearby. Eager to observe and not be detected, she borrows a young man's clothes. Hidden behind trees, Alexandra watches as the first Battle of Bull Run unfolds before her. After the devastating clash, she is drawn onto the field when a Union officer mistakes her for an out-of-uniform soldier. Alexandra makes the decision to carry on the charade and joins the fight disguised as Alex, the Union soldier. In the American Civil War, over four hundred women dressed as men to serve as soldiers and spies. The character of Alexandra is based on the real life experiences of Sarah Edmonds Seelye, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, and the other women who disguised themselves as men to serve as soldiers in the American Civil War.

About the Author

Caralyn Frooman Lipschutz, grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, in Champaign. She and her husband now live in Florida. Her three daughters were raised in Lake Zurich, and are still living with their families in Illinois, with two incredible granddaughters. The Grand Illusion is Caralyn’s first book.