Friday, October 24, 2014

The Girls of Gettysburg by Bobbi Miller - OPTIONAL

Miller, Bobbi The Girls of Gettysburg, 148 p. Holiday House, 2014.  $17.  Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Violence: PG (death and fighting but not graphic); Mature Content: G.  

Annie Gordon as disguised herself as a boy and left her family to join the Northern Army fighting during the American Civil War.  Tillie Pierce is the daughter of a Gettysburg merchant, while Grace is the daughter of a free black family.  All three will have their lives changed by the battle that is quickly about to happen.  

By using three narrators with wildly varying perspectives, Miller paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the Gettysburg battles.  She gives us a view of the town streets and the battlefields.  While she may not be breaking too much new ground here, I think it is always important to have new voices.

EL, MS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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