Marissa Moss published a young adult novel last fall, and it lands in the genre of historical fiction. The title is A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero.

The book, obviously, is about the Civil War era, and particularly Sarah Edmonds, who pretended to be a man and joined the Union army. The book does take some liberty with facts–as any dramatization does–but bases most of the information on journals of soldiers who fought with Edmonds.

It is an intriguing story, and one that parents and children might both enjoy. It is a refreshing break from all of the YA books about monsters and vampires and other paranormal entities. It is fast-paced and easy to read, and incorporates real American history.

I would recommend Moss’s A Soldier’s Secret. It deals with an fascinating aspect of American history in an engaging manner.