The Peacemakers

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Fourteen-year-old Manny Weaver, a Mennonite boy living near Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1861, has a habit of biting off more than he can chew. The Weavers are Unionists and pacifists who do not wish to secede from the Union nor to participate in the fighting. In the past, Manny’s father and uncle have avoided militia service by paying a small fine, but when Virginia secedes from the Union, the payment is no longer accepted. Manny loves his family and would do anything to protect Father and Uncle Davy from being forced to join the Confederate army. That’s when his trouble begins!

With his world crumbling into chaos, Manny is forced to deal with issues of honesty, justice, loyalty, and judgment. He must find answers to serious questions. Is it really better to “turn the other cheek,” as his Mennonite faith tells him? What actions lead to peace? How does a boy grow into a man?

 

“Manny and his family, their Mennonite community, and how their values shaped their response to the Civil War in Virginia made for a compelling story. Fourteen-year-old Manny had three men for role models—his father, his uncle and his grandfather. While his grandfather was old enough to escape fighting, his father and uncle were tracked down and forced to fight.

Historical fiction is the way to make history come alive—The Peacemakers takes us back to Harrisonburg, Virginia, during President Lincoln’s presidency and the recruitment of soldiers in the south to fight for the confederacy. Slavery, religious beliefs, voting rights and gender roles are among the issues that make this story ripe for young readers and a school classroom studying the evolution of America.”

CARRIE COOPER, Dean of University Libraries, William & Mary

“[The Peacemakers] reads quickly, drawing the reader into the thickets of dilemmas that Mennonites faced during the worst days of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Manny Weaver, fourteen, had to watch when both his uncle and father were taken away into the desperate Confederate war efforts. During the war in the Shenandoah Valley, for the peace-minded Mennonites, there were no easy answers of how to respond. They faced excruciating dilemmas of faith and conscience. Manny grew up quickly, growing into a young man in the vortex of war. …

The Peacemakers is a book that youth will want to read, to learn from, and to enter into the story of faith and war-time challenges of a terrible war that ripped the country apart in the mid-19th century. I recommend this book for students and adults alike. It’s great reading!”

ELWOOD E. YODER, History & Bible Teacher at Eastern Mennonite High School,
Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Editor, Shenandoah Mennonite Historian

 

 

 

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Author Bio

Rebecca Suter Lindsay is an American writer and poet. Her poetry, short stories, and historical articles have been published in various journals and anthologies. The Peacemakers, a historical novel for middle-grade children, is Lindsay’s debut book. 

Lindsay has served as the president of the Kentucky State Poetry Society and as the editor of Pegasus, the society’s poetry journal. She is a member of the Monday Morning Writers Group in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lindsay is a graduate of George Peabody College for Teachers and of Georgia State University, and she holds a master’s degree in education. For thirty-five years, she operated a private tutoring service for children.

The Peacemakers grew out of Lindsay’s research into the Civil War struggles of her great-grandparents, Emanuel and Elizabeth Swope Suter, who were Mennonites, pacifists, and Unionists in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Undergirding the story is a foundation of information that Lindsay gleaned from family accounts, newspaper records, journals, diaries, and letters. She also gathered details from internet sources, legislative records, the National Archives, transcripts of the Southern Claims Commission, and the writings and collections of Mennonite historians. 

Lindsay lives in Kentucky with her husband, Bill, and she is the mother of two adult sons. Read more about Lindsay and The Peacemakers on smpbooks.com, and follow her on Facebook. 

Advance Praise

The Peacemakers is an engaging piece of historical fiction that will rivet the attention of young readers—as well as adults—while also challenging them to reflect on their own convictions regarding issues of war and peace.  Set within 1861 Virginia, at the start of the Civil War, the book illuminates a part of Confederate history that is often overlooked.  The story of Anabaptists who are committed to Christ’s way of peace and justice, in the midst of an unaccepting and often hostile response from the broader world, is one that still resonates today.”

RICHARD BLACKBURN, Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

The Peacemakers took me back to my childhood when I would immerse myself in books set in early America, when people farmed, and children had many responsibilities.

Manny and his family, their Mennonite community, and how their values shaped their response to the Civil War in Virginia made for a compelling story. Fourteen-year-old Manny had three men for role models—his father, his uncle and his grandfather. While his grandfather was old enough to escape fighting, his father and uncle were tracked down and forced to fight.

Historical fiction is the way to make history come alive—The Peacemakers takes us back to Harrisonburg, Virginia, during President Lincoln’s presidency and the recruitment of soldiers in the south to fight for the confederacy. Slavery, religious beliefs, voting rights, and gender roles are among the issues that make this story ripe for young readers and a school classroom studying the evolution of America.”

CARRIE COOPER, Dean of University Libraries, William & Mary 

“An interesting piece of our nation’s history through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy, Manny Weaver. His conflicts with faith, family, and inevitable circumstances of the early Civil War as a Mennonite youth in Virginia, as the state secedes from the Union, brings to light a missing piece of understanding the hardships and struggles of a faith-driven group of peaceful citizens. A must in any middle school library.”

GARRY JACKSON, Teacher, Secondary Literacy/Curriculum Trainer and Administrator, Kenton County School District,
Kenton County, Kentucky

“Rebecca Lindsay has interwoven strong historical research with a compelling story of peaceful resistance during the upheaval of the Civil War in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A captivating read for young adult and adult readers alike.”

BRIDGET B. STRIKER, Local History Coordinator, Boone County Public Library System,
Boone County, Kentucky

“The Peacemakers is a hard book to lay down. It reads quickly, drawing the reader into the thickets of dilemmas that Mennonites faced during the worst days of the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Manny Weaver, fourteen, had to watch when both his uncle and father were taken away into the desperate Confederate war efforts. During the war in the Shenandoah Valley, for the peace-minded Mennonites, there were no easy answers of how to respond. They faced excruciating dilemmas of faith and conscience. Manny grew up quickly, growing into a young man in the vortex of war. …

The Peacemakers is a book that youth will want to read, to learn from, and to enter into the story of faith and war-time challenges of a terrible war that ripped the country apart in the mid-19th century. I recommend this book for students and adults alike. It’s great reading!”

ELWOOD E. YODER, History and Bible Teacher at Eastern Mennonite School,
Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Editor, Shenandoah Mennonite Historian

Additional information

Category:

Historical Fiction, Children’s Book, Young Readers, Middle Grade

ISBN:

978-1-945049-16-3

LCCN:

Library of Congress Control Number: applied for

Paperback:

$14.95

Publication Date:

November 2020