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With fighting erupting around his Kansas farm, 16-year-old Jefferson Davis Bussey can hardly wait to join the Union forces. He wants to defend his family from the dreaded Colonel Watie and his Cherokee Indian rebels. After enlisting, Jeff discovers the life of a soldier brings little glory and honor. During battle, his friends die around him. And when he infiltrates Watie’s camp as a spy, he discovers the enemy is much like himself—only fighting for a different cause. As Jeff collects information, he wonders if he will be able to betray his new rebel companions when the time comes for him to return to the Union forces. Historian and author Harold Keith packs this well-researched novel with fascinating details and breath-taking action. Rifles for Watie was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Believable characters and vivid battle scenes burst from the pages of history with narrator Tom Stechschulte’s dramatic performance.

©1957 Harold Keith (P)1999 Recorded Books

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a favorite book.

I read this book for the first time in high school and loved it then. I've read it several times since and enjoyed it each time. this is the first time that I've listened to it on Audible. The performance was quite good, the voices were well done and I enjoyed the pacing that the narrator used.

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Great coming of age story

My 12 year old loved this book. It was exciting and realistic. I loved it as it gave my son a literary example of a young man transitioning into adulthood with his honor intact.

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Great Book!

I read this book almost 20 years ago and loved it. I listened to it now and loved it just as much!

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Nice audiobook

I loved the character of Jeff. He demonstrated honor in the face of great difficulty. The narration of the book was good also. My kids and I enjoyed this audiobook.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the “love story” portion. It was appropriately done, but I don’t like romance in children’s books.

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Enjoyed it thoroughly!

My fifth graders and I enjoyed this performance very much. I was happy to listen to the reader's voices and accents instead of attempting them myself! Well performed, well written. I do not recommend the story for a younger audience, however, due to certain violent scenes.


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Greatest Audio Book Ever!

I would listen to this book for hours at a time. Very nicely done. I would stay up at night unable to sleep, wondering how the book would end! If you do listen to this, and enjoy it like I did, you should listen to Mr. Tucket, another great story.

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Loved it

My kids talked me in to hearing it.... lol 😏, and loved it! I don’t know why though.😆

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one of my favorites, and masterfully read!

narrator was perfect! even the time period dialect, the different voices for characters, I was nearly standing on the battlefield with jeff bussey... the book is one of my favorites and recommend it to anyone above the age of 13 due to some of the graphic descriptions of war (not that many)

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Good book

We found this book exciting and funny. I cringed a little at some of the more romantically inclined scenes for my 10 year old son. They weren't terrible, just a couple of phrases more than what I felt fully comfortable with for that age. I love how it gives both sides of the war a face and shows hearts reaching out to individuals. I recommend this book to others. Tom Stechshulte's narration was easy to listen to and get lost in. He brought the characters to life.

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a LONG story but good!!<br /><br />

I love it OMG great story 😀 I recommend it totally! 😀😀😀 five stars!!!! OMG

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