By Patricia BeattyReading Level: Middle School
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Learning Links 2000
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Twelve-year-old Charley Quinn loves the excitement and the gang fighting that are part of his life in New York City's Bowery in 1864. When his sister's fiance threatens to send him to an orphanage, Charley runs off with Union army enlistees and is taken on in Virginia as a drummer boy.