Home School Book Review, January 13, 2016
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Rebel Raiders is based on the true tale of how author Lisa Trimble Actor’s great, great aunt Cordelia.cooked breakfast for the enemy soldiers. It demonstrates a lot of research not only into her own family’s history but also into the 1863 foray of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry through Southern Indiana and Ohio. I picked this book up in southern Indiana and knowing of Morgan’s battle with home forces at Corydon, IN, assumed that it was set in that state, but, no, the action takes place near Jackson, OH, not far from my home territory. There are a few uses of the euphemism “darn” and one instance of the phrase “Good Lord” as an exclamation, as well as a passing reference to dancing, but otherwise the book is a beautifully written, dramatic, heart-warming story that provides a thought-provoking introduction to Civil War history for young readers. Of course, Dill’s courage and resourcefulness are commendable, but there are also lessons about not hating the enemy and the importance of freedom. It was published during the 150th anniversary of Morgan’s Raid and shows the human side of the war with its effects on the lives of everyday people of that time–on both sides.