THE NIGHT RIDERS
OF HARPERS FERRY
White Mane Kids
"Entertaining and instructive at the same time...a surefire hit for historical fiction fans."
— School Library Journal
"This novel conveys the strain of divided families, misguided loyalties, and the hardscrabble existence of that period."
— American Library Association Booklist
The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry is Kathleen's first published book. It is written for readers ages 10 to adult who enjoy American Civil War historical fiction without any sex, gore, or explicit violence.
A memorable tale of loyalty and adventure, based on a true story.
In the weeks preceding the Battle of Antietam Creek, 1862, Solomon Hargreave, along with the rest of the newly-formed 8th New York Cavalry Regiment, had to adjust to life in the army. The appointment of a Southern-born colonel to their unit, and rumors of a Confederate army advance did not ease their adjustment.
While riding in Maryland, Solomon rescues a lockkeeper's daughter, Mahalia, from drowning in the Potomac River. As Solomon comes to know Mahalia and her family, he quickly learns how tangled politics and family relationships can be in that troubled border state. Mahalia's brother is the notorious leader of a band of Rebel partisans, and Solomon's colonel wants him to learn more about the family.
While Solomon pursues that mission, with results that threaten his friendship with Mahalia, the Confederate noose tightens around Harpers Ferry. Only a daring plan can save the regiment. Can Solomon trust his colonel? Can he trust his own military ability? And can he trust Mahalia with his heart?
This book contains a period map, photos, and illustrations, and an author's note about the actual events that the story is based on. It is available as a 130-page trade paperback.
What Others Are Saying
|Marion Dane Bauer
Newberry Award-winning Children's Author
"What a stunning novel! What a fine, fresh voice! Kathleen Ernst writes with sensitivity and power and with a sure grasp of the historical material that provides the background for her story."
Published by Midwest Book Review
"The end result is recommended reading for high school students and many an adult who may find final understanding of Harpers Ferry events through an accessible, personalized writing style."
|The Citizens' Companion
The magazine of civilian Civil War reenactors
"This book will hold you to your seat and make you want more."
About the Author
Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries and historical fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including multiple Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations, and an Emmy for children's educational programming.
To date, readers have purchased 1.6 million printed, electronic, and audio copies of Kathleen's thirty-three published books. more>>
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This was my very first published book!
The story takes place in two of my favorite places, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the C&O Canal National Historical Park. One of the most exciting events of the Civil War took place in this area in 1862, and I had great fun incorporating that into the novel.
I hope reading the novel, and seeing the historical photos included in the book, will make you want to visit the area!
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