Death on the River

by John Wilson

Jake, a Union soldier, only survives life in brutal Andersonville prison thanks to the criminal activities of Billy, an older captive. Once they are freed, Jake doesn't know whether to find his own way back home or to continue leaning on Billy-who, while troublingly unscrupulous, is very resourceful.

ISBN: 9781554692576

JLG Release: December 2009

JLG Member Price

History - High

Grades 10 & Up


12 books / $17.30 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book





    Page Count


    Trim Size

    5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.8, Points: 5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.6, Points: 10


    Level: 760L


    Historical fiction.

    Author/Illustrator Biographies

    John Wilson says he lives in the past, at least when he 's writing and researching: "I love history, and when I discovered that hundreds of Civil War soldiers returning home after surviving the horrors of an enemy prison camp died because of the greed of men on their own side, I had to write a book about it. The unfairness of it is what got me interested, but then I began to think about what I might have done to survive in those circumstances. Would I have been happy with every decision I made as I fought for my life? That 's Jake Clay 's story. "

    When living in the present, Mr. Wilson says, "I divide my time between presenting in schools, driving my son to soccer games, and awaiting the rare visits of my two grown-up daughters. "

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