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Annie, Between the States
     

Annie, Between the States

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by Elliott
 

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Annie's home and heart are divided by the Civil War.

Annie Sinclair's Virginia home is in the battle path of the Civil War. Her brothers, Laurence and Jamie, fight to defend the South, while Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers. When she develops a romantic connection with a Union Army lieutenant, Annie's view of the war broadens. Then an accusation

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Annie's home and heart are divided by the Civil War.

Annie Sinclair's Virginia home is in the battle path of the Civil War. Her brothers, Laurence and Jamie, fight to defend the South, while Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers. When she develops a romantic connection with a Union Army lieutenant, Annie's view of the war broadens. Then an accusation calls her loyalty into question. A nation and a heart divided force Annie to choose her own course.

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Children's Literature
Living in Virginia, Annie Sinclair finds her family in the crosshairs of the Civil War. Early in the conflict Annie and her mother are forced to serve as nurses tending to both Union and Confederate wounded from the Battle of First Manassas. In that capacity Annie discovers that in her heart she saw no difference in the sadness attendant to the death of either a Yankee or a Rebel soldier. Despite her love of her native South—for which two of her brothers are fighting—the issue of slavery troubles Annie and causes her to question the morality of their cause. To further complicate matters, a chain of events leads Annie to the brink of personal disaster. Only the intervention of a Union officer can save Annie from what appears to be destruction. Can she overcome her hatred of the Yankee invaders to accept the help that will save her? Readers with an interest in historical fiction and the Civil War era will enjoy finding the answer to this question when they complete this story. Written with an eye toward historical accuracy, the novel tells the sad story of the divisions and loss that were inherent in America's bloodiest war. Yet, despite the sadness that permeates the pages of this novel, the author also creates a strong female character in Annie Sinclair. In the person of Annie, readers will learn about both the Civil War in Virginia and one girl's journey to young womanhood. 2004, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA
Fifteen-year-old Annie Sinclair leads a typically sheltered, decorous life in her ancestral Northern Virginia home, Hickory Heights, until the Civil War wreaks havoc through her beloved land and turns her life upside down. Annie is a likeable, brave heroine who endures countless ordeals and runs grave risks to keep her family together, protect their property, and help Confederate troops whenever possible. Confederate Army General Jeb Stuart playfully dubs her "Lady Liberty" in admiration for her courageous ride to warn him and his men of an impending attack by Union troops. Despite her fierce loyalty to the Southern cause and the Confederate Army where her two brothers also serve, Annie finds herself deeply attracted to a handsome young Union officer-an emotion that poses a heart-wrenching quandary for the young woman. To complicate matters even further, she eventually incurs the open enmity of Union forces for her role in the daring rescue of two young female slaves captured by Northern soldiers, a selfless gesture that ultimately lands Annie in a Federal prison. Against a background of authentic events peopled with true historic figures, Annie and her contemporaries are brought to life in this compelling book that, because of its length and often stilted dialogues, might appeal only to the most avid history buff. The author's note, time line, and bibliography are particularly enlightening and reflect Elliott's careful, thorough research. The result is high quality historical fiction that highlights a most important and decisive period in American history. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, HarperCollins, 496p.; Biblio. Chronology., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Delia Culberson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Elliott does a fine job of weaving the issues of the day into her story, helping readers to come away with an understanding that the Civil War was not just about North versus South or even slavery. Annie's older brother fights in the Southern Army, while her younger brother takes up with a vigilante group. When her mother catches diphtheria from a sick and wounded soldier, Annie is left to manage their Virginia home and farm. Early on, the teen meets a wounded Yankee officer, Thomas Walker, and they discover that they share a love of poetry. By the end of the novel, Annie has come to a growing awareness that slavery is wrong, has spent six months in a prison in Washington, DC, for carrying messages and hiding Confederate soldiers, and has made the difficult decision to marry the Yankee she loves. Annie is a strong and memorable heroine, and her story is one of a young woman loyal to her Southern roots but aware of the wrongs on both sides. At the same time, the book contains romance and gives a rich portrayal of the everyday life of a prosperous family during this period and an understanding of the effect of the war on both sides of the conflict.-Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A third of the major battles of the Civil War took place in Virginia. The last state to leave the Union and the state with the most residents voting against secession, Virginia, ironically, suffered most from the horrors of the war. Elliott's novel opens with the Battle of Manassas and a sea of confusion as Union troops retreat across the property of 15-year-old Annie Sinclair. By the end of the war, Annie's home and all of her relationships have changed irrevocably. Battle scenes are so powerfully drawn that readers will be engaged from chapter one. Though history lessons sometimes intrude on the narrative, Elliott does an admirable job of balancing the human story and the historical context. Her excellent author's note fills in the complicated history of the era, and the bibliography includes a fair number of resources for young readers. A rich experience for Civil War history buffs. (timeline) (Fiction. 12+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060012113
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/26/2004
Edition description:
Ages 12 & Up
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.46(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

L. M. Elliott is the author of several award-winning novels for older readers, including the historical novel under a war-torn sky, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC); Flying South, winner of the Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award; and Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice. She is also the author of the picture books Hunter's Best Friend at School and Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. She lives with her husband and their two children in Virginia.

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Annie, Between the States 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
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Good
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This was the best book I have every read!!!!
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It was a very good book and I hope you read it
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I read this and its definitley one of my favorites! I love historical fiction! The others by this author are good!
Julie Holley More than 1 year ago
This is honestly one of the best books that I have ever read! This book changed all of my opinions about the Civil War, while making history come alive. It has aspects that would appeal to almost every reader's preferences, including romance and action. It is well-writen in language that the average teenager can understand, so just about anyone can read and enjoy it. I definitely recommend this and the rest of L.M. Elliott's books to all!
julia Feenstra More than 1 year ago
How long is it??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows the viewpoint of a young girl from the South during the Civil War. It has adeventure and romance. It kept my interest the whole time and I think many people can relate to her. I highly recommend this book. One of my all time favs.
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Queen_Of_The_Cold More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely captivating and intriguing. Most books on the Civil War are from the point of view of a Union supporter, but this is a great look into the Confederacy. Annie is such a powerful character and the feelings she has feel as if they are your own. It is a beautifully written novel that must be read to enjoyed!
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Clevermore More than 1 year ago
i read at leats 15 books in a slow month. I first really got in to reading when i was 9. I readed annie between the states when i was 10, i am now 15 and i still read Annie between the states at least once a month. Out of all the books i've read, annie is still my favorite book. I take annie with me everywere, when i go to the docs, when i babysit, and before i go to sleep every night. This book realy pulls on your heartstrings. Its makes you cry ,and laugh. It has the bad boy ,and prince charming. it makes you think about the people in the book like there real. I've read it so many times that the binding is coming off. Well, to make a long review short, I love this book very much. And i would recmend this book to anyone.
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This book is incredible! Absolutely irresistible! It has earned a special place in my heart and should be awarded. I most certainly recommend this book.
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This is an absolutely amazing book especially if you enjoy historical books. I look forward to reading more of L.M. Elliott's books.
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Book_Girl14 More than 1 year ago
This was a really, really good book. I love historical books and this title is at the top of the list of the best. I loved all the charactors! Annie is a person, even though fictional, I would love to meet. The story was really good and put to veiw the horrors of the civil war. I also lent the book to my mom and she loved it! I almost didn't got ot back! LOL This is a really good book and if you like historical fiction or not you will LOVE it! Buy it now!
MASSIEkurMI More than 1 year ago
I'm 13 and I have read almost 1000 books in the past 3-4 years but I can say without a doubt that Annie between the states is the best book I have ever read. It has drama, romance, war, hot guys, family issues, scandal and everything else I look for in a good book. Most books have one to four elements that make it a good book but this one had them all, far passing all other books for me. It ruined every other civil war novel for me which was a terrible thing since that was what we were studying. I suggest you read this before you die, a thing to put on anyone's bucket list.
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