Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

Young Adult - General
154 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2012
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Author Biography

When Beverly Stowe McClure was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth grade teacher sent her poem "Stars" to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings, she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she attended the university and became a teacher. She also discovered Dr. Seuss and what she had been missing: Reading was fun. Now she reads most every day. She also writes stories for children and teens. Her published works include six novels for tweens and teens, a picture book and an early reader. Also articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul and leading children's magazines.

Beverly lives in the country with her husband and two cats, along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a visit. She teaches a women's Sunday school class at her church. She spends her extra time on genealogy, scrapbooking and playing the piano.

Life is good.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Beverly Stowe McClure has written a treasure for young adults that will enhance their knowledge of the Civil War and transport them back in time. "Caves, Cannons and Crinolines" is written from the perspective of fourteen year-old Lizzie who is growing up during a scary time as the Civil War is taking place around her, tearing apart her family and destroying her home. Lizzie's older brothers are fighting in the Confederate Army and her father is the town father so that he is working long hours caring for the sick townspeople and also injured soldiers. The fighting and having to live in a cave while her world is being completely changed angers Lizzie and she decides to take matters into her own hands. However, this is not as easy as dressing as a boy and going by the name "Eli" and fighting in the army as Lizzie thought would be the answer to the problem. Meeting a wounded Yankee soldier and bringing him home to be cared for makes Lizzie wonder if her thoughts and views are correct. During this unsettling time, Lizzie and her family are living in fear, yet they must keep their pride strong and also continue to be there for each other.

This is a well-written historical fiction that brings this time period alive for young readers. There are historical details throughout the story and the descriptions and language will transport the reader to Mississippi and the midst of the Civil War. Although this story takes place years ago, the characters struggle with similar thoughts and feelings as the reader does today, which brings the characters to life and the reader will laugh and cry along with Lizzie and her family. This book is a great read for not only young adults, but older adults as well!


Thank you, Kristie, for a super review. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about Lizzie and her family.

Sandra Thompson

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is the heart-warming story of a fourteen year old Lizzie and her family in Vicksburg during the American Civil War. As soon as I started reading this book, I knew I was in good hands. Well written and exciting, it has just the right amount of action to keep things interesting, and just the right amount of emotion to let me share in Lizzie’s fears, sorrows, and joys. Even though I learned a lot about the Civil War, the book wasn’t dry or heavy. The characters and the descriptions felt very real and I was left thinking about them for a long time after I finished. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes meaningful stories with strong characters and action. A thoroughly enjoyable read.


What a nice review, Sandra. Thank you. I'm glad you learned a little about the Civil War and also enjoyed the characters.