The book, which is Warren’s sixth, is a non-fiction account of three children who witnessed the epic Civil War battle, two of them residents of Vicksburg, and the third a son of General Ulysses S. Grant. Warren has published two previous non-fiction books about children in war, “Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps,” and “Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy.”
We asked Warren what drew her to Vicksburg and the Civil War for her latest effort:
I picked Vicksburg because I was looking for a way to show American students that war isn’t something experienced only by young people in other countries–it’s happened here too. Rarely is the Civil War presented from the perspective of Southerners whose homeland was invaded by a hostile army, and even more rare is to view this event through children’s eyes. Readers identify with the three young people in the story. That they are American compounds the impact. The other reason is that Vicksburg and what happened there — a 47-day siege on American soil — is simply amazing. And yet another reason, now that I’m on a roll, is that the loss of Vicksburg, along with Gettysburg at the very same time, was crucial to the South losing the war.
The Johnson County Library will host a panel discussion of Kansas Notable Book Awards on Tuesday, August 24, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St.