Read Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty Online


During the Civil War, a twelve-year-old Bowery Boy from New York City joins the Union Army as a drummer, deserts during a battle in Virginia, and encounters a hostile old mountain woman....

Title : Charley Skedaddle
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780816713172
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 186 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Charley Skedaddle Reviews

  • Adam
    2018-11-14 15:23

    It's about a boy named Charley. He goes to the army to be a drummer boy or a bugler. At a confederate base he meats a man named Jem. When a war comes up Charley shots a man but he's not aloud to. He runs away because he shot the man.While running away he gets captured by a union soldier. He manages to run away. Eventually Charley meats a woman named Grandma Beth. He works with her as if she was his actual mom. When someone comes to the house Grandma Beth locks up Charley in the chicken coop. One day a girl comes and asks Grandma Beth to come with her because the girl's sister was pregnant. 2 days pass and Grandma beth doesn't come back. So Charley grabs the rifle and goes outside. He turns around and a painter (mountain lion) jumps down off the roof and attacks Charley. Charley ends up shooting the mountain lion. Charley finds Grandma Beth in a ditch with her mule Canaan. When Charley, Grandma Beth and Canaan get home Charley helps heal Grandma Beth's wounds. The next day Charley leaves because the war coming up.

  • M&rcu$ #u+chin$
    2018-10-27 22:41

    This book really teaches people about the true story behind the Civil War. the author wrote it so that it actually took you to the front lines of the war. Charlie became a POW (Prisoner of War for you civilians)and Patricia told the reader what the enemy did the POW's and people MIA (Missing in Action).

  • 02JulianB
    2018-11-17 23:37

    Charley skadaddle is a really heart touching book about young charley quinn who is in civil war i think this book is very touchy and sad but also it is about courage of a young civilian who has the most courage ive ever heard i never knew a book could just pop out and hit you like this one did.

  • Dylan Miller
    2018-10-22 16:32


  • Emily
    2018-11-15 16:22

    Charley Skedaddle is a really good book that I am reading, and I would of never found it without my tescher!

  • Diane
    2018-11-15 18:13

    Desperate to leave New York and the tyrannical reign of his soon to be brother-in-law, Charley Quinn joins a parade of Union soldiers on their way to shipping out. Charley is determined to avenge his brother's death, killed in the battle of Gettysburg. When he reaches Culpepper, he is taken on as a drummer boy and trained by Silas, who is anxious to put his drumming days behind him and enlist as a soldier. But when the battle is upon them, Charley finds the realities of war too intense and runs away. Guilt-ridden, he finds himself in the mountains of Virginia. One night, when he attempts to get some eggs from a hen house, he meets up with Jerusha Bent and her pistol. Jerusha takes him in and requires him to work for her. At first, Charley is treated more or less as a prisoner, but the two come to rely on each other and a bond begins to form.Interesting time period details.

  • Cassie
    2018-11-01 22:25

    If no stars were an option, I would have done that. This was forced upon me in grade school and I still remember how much I hated it.It's just boring historical fiction that the author didn't put much effort into because they were writing for kids. Main character is blah and there's no reason to care about him.

  • Kyleduke
    2018-10-18 21:14

    I thing the end was a let down and its a good book terns out he was scared at war made some friends and helped he was not a cowed.He helped people in need.He had gotten hurt by the mean men and needed help.It was a sad story and he is so brave and gives his life to Mr Robbins.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-14 20:23

    Charley Skedaddle is a historical fiction book about a 12 year old boy who runs away from his home and his street gang in New York to join the Union army and avenge his brother's death. He ends up joining as a drummer boy but when faced with the death and reality of war and psychological toll of taking another man's life, he runs away, is captured by Confederate soldiers, but then released to run to the mountains out West. He struggles with many different emotions, and the descriptive nature of Patricia Beatty's writing opens up great potential for talking about writing styles, how the author conveys the feelings of their characters, and how they can apply this descriptive style to their own writing. This book also provides so many opportunities for enriching history discussions about the Civil War, drummer boys, young boys (and girls) sneaking into the army and what that was like for them, etc. I think it is ideal for 4th or 5th graders as a read-aloud where they can follow along. This was a WOW book for me because it was really engaging and had dynamic characters that helped deliver valuable messages to the reader, such as the importance of knowing that bravery is doing what's necessary and right even if there's no one watching.

  • Susan
    2018-10-21 18:27

    Charley was a New York City Bowery Boy--a gang of young hoodlums who liked to fight. His brother was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. When Charley found out his sister was marrying a young man who did not want Charley around, he impulsively stowawayed with Yankee regiment on the way south to battle. Since he was only twelve, he could not fight, but he could be a drummer boy. In a battle in the Wilderness, his drum was hit with a lead bullet, When he turned, he saw a friend shot dead. He started running and saw another friend badly injured. He could not stop running. Soldiers around him called him Charley Skedaddle. He was humiliated and ashamed, but he could not go back. Charley founds himself in the mountains of Virginia in the care of a mountain woman (witch??). Charley has only begun to find out what life is really like.I will definitely use this novel with my class this year. I think the students will identify with some of his struggles and the realistic portral of the Civil War era.

  • Hagen S
    2018-11-12 20:33

    charley skedaddle is a story about a boy named charley. he is a member of the bowery boys gang in new York. and the bowery boys worst enemy is the dead rabbits gang.charley quints older brother was a part of the army and he died charley becomes a drummer boy for the army for his brother. his sister is getting married to a guy and charley does not like him so he leaves in to the army. he finds his brothers friend con that went to war with his brother but did not die. charley finds another friend named jem he is a true friend unlike con. but charley gets scared one day when he is running and playing his drum when someone shoots his drum and his friend jem dies so he grabs a gun and shoots a man and he droppes the gun and runs away he is 12 years old and he had just killed a man.I like this book i think you should read it to it was a good book. but i have read better books than this before there for that is why I only gave it a 3 stare rating.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-09 21:26

    Charley Skedaddle is a story about a 12 year old boy that wants to join the Union Army to honor his brother that died at the Battle of Gettsyburg. Charley ends up being a drummer in for the same unit his brother was in. After the first battle Charley's dream of being in the army changes drastically. The majority of the story is about him befriending a "mountain" woman living alone. Although Charley is a fictional character the story is based on true Civil War records.Themes in this book include friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and overcoming hardships.This book would be a great addition to a unit on the Civil War. It provides children with an account of the Civil War that they could relate to. It received the 1988 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.This was first published in 1987

  • Rachel Thomasson
    2018-11-18 23:26

    If you didn't read this wayyy back in elementary school, I recommend you do so now! Despite the fact that my teachers kept calling it a "boy's book" I read it and loved it. Charley was a sympathetic character, caught in compelling circumstances, who took refuge in a region and culture in SW Virginia that I am very familiar with. Definitely an easier (and more entertaining) read than "Johnny Tremain", or that truly depressing "My brother Sam is Dead." I take issue with the other reviewers who are critical of the author's handling of the issues of desertion--the point is more to engage in critical thinking about the morality of war, dealing with violent trauma, and the surprising kindness of strangers.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-12 19:32

    It was interesting to read Charlie Skedaddle and Shades of Grey at the same time for a 5th grade class. This book tells the story of a boy on the Yankee side while the other tells of the South. Interesting life lessons by both. This story I liked the characters, particularly the personalities of Canaan the mule and Malindy the goose- who had realistic natures of each respectively. I loved Jerusha. The story can be somewhat predictable, however it is a story set during the Civil War so we all know the outcome there. I appreciated that the severity of the war was evident, yet as a children's novel it wasn't all the gruesome details.

  • Jennifer Robb
    2018-11-14 19:23

    Charley Quinn enjoys being a Bowery Boy in New York, but when his sister appears to plan on marrying a man who wants to send Charley away, Charley decides to leave on his own. He runs into a friend of his deceased brother who encourages Charley to join them as they head off to the Civil War. Charley is too young to be a soldier, but they do take him on as a drummer. Charley's romantic notions of war and of avenging his brother's death are shattered when he experiences his first battle and he runs away. He ends up in the hills where an old herb woman takes him in.

  • Swanbender2001
    2018-10-26 18:16

    My children enjoyed this story about a young Bowery boy from New York drawn to the lure of the war after his much-loved brother dies in the battle of Gettysburg. He sneaks aboard a transit and is allowed to stay with his brother’s regiment as the drummer boy. He finds himself in battle and freaks out. When he runs away from the battle after believing he has killed a man, he ends up finding refuge with a hill granny. Their relationship grows into one of caring for each other and he learns many lessons on the farm and develops into a capable individual.

  • Sue
    2018-11-18 22:37

    This was an interesting story, although I found it fascinating that the author was ultimately so ambivalent about the idea of desertion. She makes no real moral judgement and it's up to the reader to determine if a deserter can redeem himself by subsequent actions. It gives a realistic view of Civil War combat, as well as New York City and the Blue Ridge Mtns. during this period. Young readers will learn many interesting things about the time period and maybe decide for themselves whether Charley is a coward or not.

  • John
    2018-11-03 15:40

    I began seeking out a few historical fiction type books to read with my 10yo son during our evening sessions, and thought this, along with Mr. Lincoln's Drummer looked promising.The writing was even, and the idea of the story was OK, but as we went through it the plot plodded along without much spark or suspense. About 40 pages in we kind of looked at each other and just closed the book without finishing.Perhaps the timing wasn't right, but just didn't work out for us.

  • Sara
    2018-11-04 20:34

    Reading this with my kids right now in a Civil War Novel unit that I created. As you will see, I have 6 novels going in my room right now...and the two boys I have in this book really love it. It is set mostly in Virginia, has some decent battle scenes that are not too graphic for 4th graders (10 year-olds), and a few twists and turns to make it interesting. Stinky thing? It is out of print, so it is hard to find copies to buy.

  • Lori
    2018-10-30 15:17

    I really enjoyed this book about a NY Bowery boy-turned Union drummer boy-turned runaway. The references and allusions to the NY street gangs of the 1800s, the authentic conditions of the civil war battlefields and soldiers' health, combined with several very memorable characters makes for a great read for upper elementary and middle school students, especially boys. The Underground Railroad is also a small but important part of the plot.

  • Julie
    2018-10-22 20:18

    Another Young Adult book -- this one for some advanced third grade readers I've been working with. Despite the violence in the beginning, I came to like it quite a lot, as it gives a good overview of historical issues from the Civil War period: New York City gangs, the war, slavery, border state geography, Underground Railroad, and so on.I'm not sure that the kids liked it too much, though.

  • Matt
    2018-10-31 18:26

    This a historical fiction story that takes place during the civil war. The story begins with charley, who is only 12 years old, in New York City. After he gets in trouble for fighting a rival gang member Charley runs away from home and enlists in the army, but once he gets into battle everything changes.

  • John
    2018-10-31 16:41

    I read this because my Daughter had to read it for literature class in seventh grade. She was reading it for a report and I "Stole" it for a few days and read it also. A very captivating read. It was hard to put down. Patricia Beatty draws you into the charactors of her books. I would like to read more by her.

  • Steve Hemmeke
    2018-11-13 22:27

    Okay.Some themes a bit advanced for the target audience of boys, but weaving in history of the Civil War was done well. Main theme was Charley's growth from his self-perceived cowardice and isolation into a useful and loyal man.

  • Bryan
    2018-10-22 19:27

    This is a great book about a Union drummer boy who abandons the army after he shoots a man in the Confederate army. He does this because someone shot one of his friends. I don't care if this is a short, pathetic review!!!

  • CatherineMustread
    2018-10-30 17:30

    Grades 4+. When his older brother dies at Gettysburg, Charles, age 12, joins the Union Army as a drummer boy but finds the horrors of actual war to be too much. He flees to the mountains of Virginia only to be taken captive by an old mountain woman.

  • Cheyenne
    2018-10-22 17:18

    This book is about a young boy named Charley. He goes into the war as a drummer boy. He shot a confederate and didn't know what to do with himself. He couldn't take it. I really like the book although I'm not into the whole war thing. It was still a really good book.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-31 23:24

    Listed as Q3 = A good story with some faults, P3 = A booktalk on this title will excite most people’s interest

  • Rachel
    2018-11-14 17:16

    Not the worst book I've had to read for school, yet it still wasn't that great...*sigh*

  • Kathy
    2018-11-12 20:22

    accounts for the civil war from the eyes of a teenage boy