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Where Duty Calls

Where Duty Calls

Where Duty Calls

Author: Jennifer Bohnhoff
ISBN: 9781951122355 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781951122430 (ebook)
Publication Date: June 14, 2022
Price: $12.95
Pages: 260

Two boys from different cultures, one a Texan, one a New Mexican, get caught on opposite sides of the U.S. Civil War.

Jemmy Martin wants to stay on the family farm near San Antonio, Texas. When his brother becomes a packer for a regiment of Texas Mounted Volunteers, then deserts, Jemmy takes his brother's identity to protect him from the firing squad. Now all Jemmy wants is to get himself and his family mules back to the farm where they belong.

Raul Atencio isn't interested in the Americanos war. The nephew of a prosperous Socorro, New Mexico merchant, Raul wants to become rich and powerful like his uncle. While at Fort Craig to deliver supplies and help build defenses, the Confederates arrive, and Raul becomes an unwilling participant in the defense of the Fort.

As the Confederate army marches around Fort Craig, the Union forces prepare to stop them. Upon the banks of the Rio Grande the two armies face off in the Battle of Valverde, and both Jemmy and Raul must struggle to keep themselves, and their dreams, alive.

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Reviews and Endorsements

"Jennifer Bohnhoff's When Duty Calls takes a moment from New Mexico's involvement in the Civil War and makes it flesh-and-blood real. The dual storylines will keep readers engaged and hoping Jemmy and Raul will eventually meet. A great fit for the classroom and beyond."
~ Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B.

"Jennifer Bohnhoff writes historical fiction that grabs readers with the action and characters so they enjoy learning the history."
~ Chris Eboch, author of The Well of Sacrifice


2022 New Mexico Press Women's Zia Book Award Winner
2023 Western Writers of America Spur Finalist Award for the Best Western Juvenile Fiction
2023 CIPA EVVY Award - Finalist, Juvenile Fiction (Middle Grade ages 10-14)
2023 CIPA EVVY Award - Gold Winner, Juvenile Fiction (Middle Grade ages 10-14)

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