May 2, 2013
Novel explores humanity in the midst of violence through a child's experience
The author will sign and read from Rebel Raiders on May 29, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. on the main level of the Giovale Library. Families and children are welcome!
SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College's Lisa Trimble Actor has published a children's novel, Rebel Raiders, in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of one of the most infamous raids of the Civil War. The historic tale during violence and war resonates with modern readers by capturing a child's emotions as she comes face to face with her enemy and navigates the uncertain fate of her family and her nation.
Rebel Raiders asks - how do you define courage? Pa is at war. Ma has diphtheria. Ten-year-old Cordelia must cook breakfast for 52 Rebels to save her family's farm. Actor retells the story she heard countless times as a child growing up in Southern Indiana where stories of Morgan's Raiders are legendary. As a child, Actor marveled at the story of her father's Aunt Cordelia (aka Dill), who at nine years old struck a deal with enemy soldiers to spare her family's farm. Dill would cook breakfast for 50 of the men if they would leave the farm unharmed and not steal her brother's prized horse. But could she trust the enemy to keep the bargain?
Rebel Raiders is a fictionalized version of Cordelia Dunbar's story. Every event is based on a true incident that occurred somewhere along the route of Morgan's Raid, many in Jackson County, Ohio. As Actor researched the story of Morgan's Raid, she found many similar stories of courage demonstrated by Yankee civilians. She found just as many stories of kindness shown by the Rebels to the women and children of Southern Indiana and Ohio.
"I was struck by how the infamous General Morgan demonstrated kindness toward the Yankees, especially children," said Actor. "Today's children can learn from this story of compassion in the midst of war."
The novel, written for 8-11 year olds is available on Amazon and at the Kings English Book store in Salt Lake City. Morgan's Raid took place in July of 1863. Actor is available to discuss the 150th anniversary of the raids and Rebel Raiders either in schools or via Skype. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Lisa Trimble Actor and Rebel Raiders visit www.rebelraiders.us
Lisa Trimble Actor lives in Park City, Utah with her husband, two sons and two aging Labrador Retrievers. She has worked at Westminster College for 17 years and is currently the Associate VP of Advancement.