Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

Nurse, Soldier, Spy

This fast-paced, high-energy picture book tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who at age nineteen disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. She took the name Frank Thompson and joined a Michigan army regiment to battle the Confederacy. Sarah excelled as a soldier and nurse on the battlefield. Because of her heroism, she was asked to become a spy. Her story comes to life through the signature illustrations and design o...

Details Nurse, Soldier, Spy

TitleNurse, Soldier, Spy
Release DateMar 1st, 2011
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History, Military History, Civil War, War

Reviews Nurse, Soldier, Spy

  • Betsy
    If I want to depress myself on a given day I'll compare the list of biographical subjects that kids in school are handed to pick and choose from with the biographical subjects that I had to pick and choose from when I was a kid some twenty odd years ago. It's disheartening. Essentially, it's the same list. Teachers always include Edison, Einstein, Washington, Tubman, Keller, etc. Once in a while someone will fall out of favor (Benjamin Banneker) ...
  • Abigail
    Author Marissa Moss and illustrator John Hendrix present the amazing true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, AKA Frank Thompson, in this outstanding picture-book biography, successfully capturing both the excitement and adventure of their subject's life, and the tumultuous times in which she lived. Disguising herself as a man in order to escape an arranged marriage, Canadian-born Sarah emigrated south to Michigan, where she eventually enlisted in the U...
  • orangerful
    Fantastic middle grade picture book that focuses on the life of Sarah Edmonds AKA Frank Thompson, a young woman who pretended to be a man, joined the Union army during the United States Civil War. Well researched by both the author and artist, this would make a great read-aloud for an older classroom visit.
  • Dov Zeller
    This is a great picture book, well researched with fantastic illustrations, describing the civil war experience of a person who was born female and lived as a guy during the civil war (and perhaps beyond). There were many female-born people who "passed" as men in order to fight during the civil war, and it is likely some of them were people who would today identify as trans, transgender or transmasculine. What sets Frank Thompson aka Frank Thomps...
  • Danielle Harriger
    Biography PB 10: I would recommend this book because I think it tells of a unknown, yet courageous person in history that has a valuable story to tell. I appreciated that the book highlighted the value of persistence (as she was turned down initially be recruiters) because children can take away the idea that if they work hard at something, they can succeed despite hardship. I think the story of Sarah Edmonds has a strong message about standing u...
  • Kate
    Sarah Edmonds was kind of a Civil War era badass. She fled to the US from Canada when her parents tried too marry her off, where she lived as a man named Frank Thompson for 3 years. Eventually she joined the Union and became a spy, often using disguises to gather intelligence. She was highly successful until a bout of malaria forced her to sneak away from camp so she could get treated by a doctor as a woman. When she got better, she found out tha...
  • Tegan
    What an amazing woman! Such an amazing life! What she did after the war is just as amazing as what she did during it! I really want to read her book, as well as those others published about her! Read for Info Books for Youth for grad school.
  • Jonah Garner
    I didn't like the story telling, but liked the art.
  • Margaret Chind
    Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Recommended to Margaret by: Laura MihalickRead in November, 2011 — I own a copyWhen I wanted to get information together to join a descendants group, my father, the genealogist, insisted that I join through a woman. I have no doubt that he would be delighted with the idea of this book. Though my descendant group was back to the revolutionary war I am certain anyone who could claim descendancy to Sarah ...
  • Ewa
    The authors Marissa Moss and John Hendrix in this very engaging picture book "Nurse, Soldier, Spy. The story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero" present an extraordinary life story of the woman who “discovered the freedom of taking big strides unhindered by heavy skirts”. It tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds who is the first and only documented woman to become a soldier in the Civil War. Dressed like a man and pretending to be a man she s...
  • Barbara
    Filled with lively pen and ink illustrations, hand-drawn typography, and an engaging text, this story of Sarah Edmonds, a woman who disguised herself as a man to avoid an arranged marriage, follows Sarah as she enlists in the army during the Civil War as a private. Not only did she fight alongside the men who became her friends, but she also carried some of them from the battlefield and nursed them. Eventually, Sarah became a spy, slipping behind...
  • Erin Wilson
    Drop any knowledge you thought you had on the Civil War. Did you know that there were women fighting? YES, women!! The intriguing stories of the hundreds of women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War are becoming more known through biographies just like this one. This book is centered around Sarah Edmonds who fled to Canada dressed as a man to escape an arranged marriage. She bravely enlisted in the Union Army to fight in the...
  • Donalyn
    Sarah Edmonds was the only woman to be recognized as a Civil War veteran and awarded an honorable discharge, back pay and pension, and buried in the veterans' section of a Civil War cemetery. I had never heard of Sarah Edmonds before reading this book and I can't wait to share this well-reseached, fascinating book with my students.
  • Teresa
    I give the story itself 5 stars but I'm not too fond of the bobble-head look of the art and give that 2.5 stars so that averages out to be about 4 stars. Sarah Edmonds' story is a fascinating one, as interesting as Mary Walkers' tale set around the same time. I think Edmonds' adventures were actually more dangerous and therefore exciting to read.
  • Stacy
    A great introduction into a life we don't hear enough about--Sarah Edmonds, a woman who chose to live as a man before and during the Civil War. Cited for bravery, she was asked to spy on the South, and did so successfully. This short book chronicles her story, but she wrote her own.
  • Landon
    Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, is a literary nonfiction picture book about a women named Sarah Edmonds who ran away from home because she didn't want to get married to a man that her parents had set up an arranged marriage with. So when Sarah ran away she escaped to The United States of America, where she disguised herself as a man and changed her name to Frank Thomson, so she could leave her whole life behind ...
  • Teri-K
    This is the pretty amazing true story of a woman who disguised herself as a man and fought in the Civil War. She was a soldier, a field nurse, and a spy who used disguises like an African-American man or an Irish peddler woman. At one point accused of deserting when she ran away to get treatment for malaria rather than be found out to be a woman, she eventually received an honorable discharge and became the only woman to be admitted to the union ...
  • Lmichelleb
    I picked this book up from the library because I recognized the illustrator and was curious. The story was intriguing, but I don't know if I could quite feel that Sara Edmonds was truly heroic. A woman dressing as a man in order to be allowed to fight in the war on the surface seemed brave and bold, but in another way seemed cowardly. Sara was hiding who she was so much of the time, by pretending to be a man and then in her various spy disguises....
  • Jessica Silva
    Summary:This biography tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds. She lived during the time of the Civil War, and at age 19 disguised herself as a man so she was able to fight. She joined the army under the name Frank Thompson. She acted as a soldier and nurse. She was asked to be a spy because of her actions. Review:This book is a window into the life of Sarah Edmonds, a female living during the Civil War. This book truly illustrates her strength an...
  • Cathy
    This fast-paced, high-energy picture book tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who at age nineteen disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. She took the name Frank Thompson and joined a Michigan army regiment to battle the Confederacy. Sarah excelled as a soldier and nurse on the battlefield. Because of her heroism, she was asked to become a spy. Colorful and eye-catching style throughout the book. Very interesting - ...
  • Michelle
    Very well-done by the authors. But, in this day of mixed up genders, I'm not sure how I liked this life-story. Sarah Emma Edmonds certainly did some remarkable things while disguised as a man. Her story as a nurse and spy for the Union Army was fantastic. And, it's true, I don't appreciate life as a woman in the 1800s. But I'm more inspired by women who accomplish great things while staying true to themselves.
  • Carrie
    Sarah Emma Edmonds felt so strongly about the Civil War that she disguised herself as a man to fight in the war, joining a Michigan regiment battling the Confederacy at the age of nineteen. Sarah was such a great soldier and nurse, she was requested as a spy. Will Sarah be able to keep her secret? How will her experience shape her life? Read Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds to find out more.
  • Katie
    It was about a girl who wanted to be in the army but she had to be a boy to get into the army. So she had cut her hair to make herself look like a boy, then she had got into the army and she was a spy for the good guys and so then she went and acted like a slave to the enemy to hear what they were planning and then go back to tell the cheif what they were planning.
  • SLoMoe
    This book makes me want to learn more about Sarah Emma Edmonds. I also want to learn other short stories about awesome women. This book was concise and engaging. I read the last page and my 8 yo said, “Wait?! That was it?!” He enjoyed her story and wanted more retelling of her adventures. Well done!
  • Tawnda Andrews
    I loved this non-fiction tale about a woman who disguised herself as a man and served in the Union army. The author did a beautiful job and the illustrations are superb. Make sure you read the author and illustrator notes at the end and see the pictures of the subject at the back too. Perfect book to accompany any study of the Civil War or those who love war history or stories of bravery.
  • Heather Gunnell
    Staff PickHeatherThe story of Frank Thompson/Sarah Emma Edmonds is a remarkable one. Sarah lived and fought as a man because of the freedom such a life gave her. As a soldier she held many different jobs, including the difficult and demanding jobs of nurse and spy. Read all about this amazing woman.
  • Sarah Brooks
    Awesome biographical picture book about Sarah Edmonds, a diguised female hero of the Civil War. Great incorporation of Sarah Edmonds personal story and Civil War components. Wonderful illustrations and figurative language.A great resource for children to understand the Civil War in context. Grades 4-5.
  • emyrose8
    A remarkable woman. This book does a good job covering her life in the Civil War. In the back there’s an: author’s note, illustrator’s note, glossary, and index.
  • Alexia Powell
    soldier, woman, spy, nurse, civil war, president, recruiter, bloody, battle
  • Nicholas & Megan Clinch
    We wished the story were longer, including all the missions until malaria kept her away from battle. We will look up more stories of Sarah Edmonds.