Review: AMELIA’S WAR by Ann Rinaldi

Diary of an Eccentric reviewed Amelia’s War by Ann Rinaldi for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

Rinaldi had me hooked from the first page.  She tends to write strong female characters who are flawed but have the right intentions, and that describes Amelia perfectly.  She’s got spunk, but she’s a little insecure about her place in the war.  And Rinaldi brings the Civil War to life, showing how chaotic it was to not know from one day to the next whether the town was under the control of the Union or the Confederacy and how neighbors turned on one another due to the politics of the war.  It’s hard for Amelia to ignore the war when the soldiers come marching in and gunfire and hand-to-hand combat occur in the town square; the war is literally on her doorstep.

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Review: AMELIA’S WAR by Ann Rinaldi

Chèli’s Shelves reviewed Amelia’s War by Ann Rinaldi for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

I am a Marylander. I was born in Maryland, grew up in Maryland, married in Maryland, and have always lived in Maryland. So when the book opens with “Mama and I were Southerners, but not Rebels. We were for the Union but not the Yankees. You have to be from Maryland to understand it.”
I understand.

And yet I don’t, and because of that, this book expressed my feelings about the Civil War in many ways. In this fictional account, Amelia Grafton is a pre-teen who lives in the “northern” Maryland town of Hagerstown during the Civil War and it is her personal dilemma which is told so beautifully in this book.

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