Available only through Scholastic Book Fairs and Book Clubs
ISBN: 0-439-91441-8  $3.99


Edith Morris Hemingway and Jacqueline Cosgrove Shields 

A special edition of Broken Drum (under new title and cover art), licensed and edited by Scholastic specifically for elementary schools to be sold in Scholastic Book Fairs and Book Clubs nationwide!

About the book:

Charley King, a twelve-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, is caught up in the excitement and patriotism of the Civil War. Proud and eager to serve his country, Charley volunteers as a drummer boy, beginning the perilous journey that takes him from the defense of Washington to the horrific battle of Antietam. Based on an actual person, Drums of War is a novel that will transport you to the front lines of the War Between the States, where you will march alongside Charley right up to the stunning, gut-wrenching conclusion. 

Charles E. King

12 years old when he enlisted in the

PA 49th Volunteers


A Tribute To Charley King

Anthony Valliere displaying the quilt he made as part of a book report for
Mrs. Robyn Martinsen's 5th grade class in Douglas, MA.

Questions and Activities to accompany the reading and discussion of Drums of War (Broken Drum)

About the Authors:

     Edith Hemingway is a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program with a concentration in writing for children. Her story, “The Seal of Marsh Cove,” appears in Blooming Tree Press’ Summer Shorts Anthology, released in June 2006. When she’s not writing, Edie spends her time traveling to local schools and libraries to speak to classes about her Civil War books and teaching creative writing workshops at area community colleges and Misty Hill Lodge, her secluded 1930s era log cabin on Braddock Mountain.

     Jacqueline Shields has dedicated much of her time to advocacy for the disabled, winning awards and citations along the way. Jackie has written a monthly column "Handicapped Almanac" for the Frederick News Post. Appointed by the governor of Maryland to a state advisory committee on disabilities, she served in that capacity for twelve years.

     The authors met in a creative writing class. Inspired by the locale of their homes between Gettysburg and Antietam, they have collaborated on two Civil War novels for children.

~Drop me a line at: edie@ediehemingway.com