I was never big on historical fiction; it all seemed so boring. "Cry of Courage" by Lee Roddy certainly changed my mind about that! The book takes place in Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War. "Cry of Courage" is the story of three preteens: Gideon, a twelve year old, dirt poor farm boy from Virginia, Emily, a Yankee girl living in the South, and Nat, a rebellious slave boy. All three have their dreams and ambitions, but they are so far away from reality. The story mostly follows Gideon, as it is he is telling it, but as a third person. It is particularly good because it accurately describes the young teen's mind, staying true to the time period. "Cry of Courage" is a very entertaining book; it is well written and well portrayed. Apparently, it is the first of a series. I cannot wait to read the next books!