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Publisher Comments:

Award-winning author Rosemary Wells lays bare the senseless devastation of war in this stunning novel. As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn’t know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known. A timeless heroine of inspiring drive and bravery, India holds on to her dream of forging a career in science, unheard-of for a woman, in the face of battle, starvation, and tragic loss. Rarely has the Southern perspective on the war been told so even-handedly for young adults as in this meticulously researched, poignant, and riveting novel.

Review:

"Wells (Wingwalker) once again brings a historical period to life, this time the Civil War era in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. 'It is July 30, 1861. I, India Moody am twelve years old,' announces the confident narrator. The war brings with it countless sacrifices (Julia, India's best friend moves to Ohio to wait out the war) and tragedies (the destruction of the land), along with the death of her beloved father. When her school closes, India's neighbor Emory Trimble tutors her ('smart as a snake, but too rattle-chested from his asthma to be more than a Sunday soldier'). Although India is expected to learn 'scriptures, household economics, handwriting, declamation,' she hungers for knowledge of science ('It is like... firelight to me') and strives to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, which Julia has told her accepts women. India is not unlike another of the author's determined heroines, Mary Breckenridge (the subject of Wells's biography, Mary on Horseback): when Emory later helps the medics and goes missing, India searches for him and along the way secretly saves a Yankee soldier. Her act of kindness leads to an unexpected opportunity. Wells's prose often says more than facts could ('Like a child's tantrum suddenly over with, there is a thick after-battle stillness in the air'). By story's end, India has become a woman, on her way to achieving both educational and romantic success — a testament to her tenacious spirit. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Wells is amazing. She is most famous as the creator of those spirited bunnies Max and Ruby and other denizens of the kindergarten. Yet here she is with a YA novel about the bloody Civil War battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Md., that's every bit as forceful and nuanced as Harold Keith's 'Rifles for Watie' or James Collier's 'With Every Drop of Blood.' Nor is it just a battlefield yarn. With a girl... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[A] welcome addition to the growing ranks of novels representing the Southern civilian experience for young adults." -Booklist, starred review

Review:

"A grand historical novel of exceptional scale and depth." -Kirkus, starred review

Synopsis:

When the Civil War breaks out, life in the South is transformed and nothing remains the same. India Moody must summon the courage she didnt know she had to plunge into one of the wars most tragic and terrifying events—the Battle of Antietam, known in the South as Sharpsburg—in order to get medicine to her desperately sick father. As she struggles for survival during the Unions brutal occupation, India gets an education in love and loss, the senseless devastation of war, and the triumph of hope in the face of despair.

Synopsis:

An award-winning author lays bare the senseless devastation of war in this stunning novel that tells the story of one brave Southern girl's struggle to survive the Civil War.

About the Author

Rosemary Wells is the creator of dozens of award-winning books for children. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670036387
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
Girls & Women
Author:
Wells, Rosemary
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Historical - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
Virginia History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080918
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.50x6.40x.88 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

Related Subjects

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Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » Civil War
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Children's » Situations » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wells (Wingwalker) once again brings a historical period to life, this time the Civil War era in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. 'It is July 30, 1861. I, India Moody am twelve years old,' announces the confident narrator. The war brings with it countless sacrifices (Julia, India's best friend moves to Ohio to wait out the war) and tragedies (the destruction of the land), along with the death of her beloved father. When her school closes, India's neighbor Emory Trimble tutors her ('smart as a snake, but too rattle-chested from his asthma to be more than a Sunday soldier'). Although India is expected to learn 'scriptures, household economics, handwriting, declamation,' she hungers for knowledge of science ('It is like... firelight to me') and strives to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, which Julia has told her accepts women. India is not unlike another of the author's determined heroines, Mary Breckenridge (the subject of Wells's biography, Mary on Horseback): when Emory later helps the medics and goes missing, India searches for him and along the way secretly saves a Yankee soldier. Her act of kindness leads to an unexpected opportunity. Wells's prose often says more than facts could ('Like a child's tantrum suddenly over with, there is a thick after-battle stillness in the air'). By story's end, India has become a woman, on her way to achieving both educational and romantic success — a testament to her tenacious spirit. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] welcome addition to the growing ranks of novels representing the Southern civilian experience for young adults."
"Review" by , "A grand historical novel of exceptional scale and depth."
"Synopsis" by ,
When the Civil War breaks out, life in the South is transformed and nothing remains the same. India Moody must summon the courage she didnt know she had to plunge into one of the wars most tragic and terrifying events—the Battle of Antietam, known in the South as Sharpsburg—in order to get medicine to her desperately sick father. As she struggles for survival during the Unions brutal occupation, India gets an education in love and loss, the senseless devastation of war, and the triumph of hope in the face of despair.
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning author lays bare the senseless devastation of war in this stunning novel that tells the story of one brave Southern girl's struggle to survive the Civil War.
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