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The Ghost of Battle Ridge by Susan La Serna

Warren Publishing
$10.99, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-943258055
April, 2015
Fiction: YA / Historical
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"The woods darkened as clouds gathered into the late winter sky. Soldiers were shouting in the background, while the ripple of musket and grapeshot bounced off the trees... A clap of thunder pierced the silence.... They were scared, they were more than scared. They were in the midst of war!"

When school kids unearth an old canteen near a graveyard...What happens next is Revolutionary!

The Ghost of Battle Ridge is based on the Revolutionary War's Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina. This engaging and entertaining book for young adults weaves the lives of 21st Century classmates as they encounter a phantom of the colonial past. The classmates are confronted by the harsh realities and inequities of our New Nation. The Ghost of Battle Ridge is the perfect addition to social studies literacy circles and read alouds.

Susan La Serna, author and teacher lives in Raleigh, NC. She was nominated for the Gilder-Lehrman American History award for Wake County Public schools in 2013.This award recognizes those who promote American History through teaching, writing, and public speaking. Susan is an avid storyteller, writer, and teacher. The book The Ghost of Battle Ridge was awarded the Eric Hoffer finalist award for young readers. The story was inspired by by her many years teaching US history in California and North Carolina. Susan La Serna graduated from the University of California, Sacramento. She has a Bilingual Cross Cultural teaching credential. Susan La Serna has also published bilingual Indigenous legends for children. She is currently writing a young adult book on World War II. Susan and her husband Sabad have three adult children and three grandchildren who live in California and North Carolina.

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