Annie, Between the States

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Instead of spending her teen years at parties and balls, Annie, an idealistic, poetry-loving patriot, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the Civil War rages around her family's Virginia home.

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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
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+)
ALA Booklist
“Part Ken Burns’ The Civil War, part Gone with the Wind…will be devoured by fans of historical fiction.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060012120
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Age range: 13 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

L. M. Elliott is the author of several award-winning novels for young adults, including Under a War-Torn Sky, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) and a Jefferson Cup Honor Book; Give Me Liberty; and Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice. She lives with her husband and their two children in Virginia.

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Annie, Between the States


By L. Elliott
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

L. Elliott
All right reserved.



ISBN: 9780060012137


Chapter One

July 21, 1861
Manassas, Virginia

Stop being such a pea-wit.

Annie shook her head slightly as she muttered to herself. She hated being so cowardly and sickened by a little blood. She squeezed the ball of lint in her hand to quiet her trembling. It was simple enough to do. The lint would help the wound clot. All she had to do was stuff it in. Taking a deep breath, Annie knelt down and tried again.

"I'm sorry, sir," she said to the soldier lying on the porch floor. "Can you unbutton your jacket for me?" Modesty kept her from touching his clothes.

The Union officer blinked to clear his eyes and focus. "Yes, of course, miss." His voice was hoarse and small. "I'm sorry to be troubling you with this at all."

With a grimace, he undid the long row of brass buttons and tried to ease the blue jacket off his left arm. The motion caused a little gusher of blood to spurt up through his torn shirt.

"Oh, dear." Annie plopped to the floor, her brown muslin skirts popping air out like a blacksmith's bellows as she landed on her bottom. The house whirled. Her stomach lurched. Her ribs heaved against the wall of her corset. She fought to pull in the hot, dusty air. But it only made her feel more nauseous. Annie couldn't believe that not only was she having to tend to a Yankee, shemight retch right there in front of him.

BOOM-BOOM-BOOM.

The windows behind her rattled hard and the floor quaked. Annie forgot her queasy stomach. Lord save us. Those were closer -- she was sure of it. She was no expert; she'd known the sounds of war for only a few hours now. But she was learning fast.

When she'd first heard the cannons at daybreak, she'd thought the noise was way-off thunder, a squall line gathering itself up against the Bull Run Mountains. She'd prayed for rain. The cornfields and hay fields needed it badly. But her naïve thought lasted only a few minutes. There had been skirmishing recently at Blackburn Ford, a mile or so away. Annie had mistaken that artillery fire for distant thunder. This morning, Annie quickly realized that it was guns, and the beginning of something horrible.

It'd have to be, given all the soldiers who had swarmed the area. She'd stood by the gate with Aunt Molly's brood of children, watching Confederate troops pass by. Their cannons were pulled by burly plow horses that strained with the weight. They were thick black barrels, menacing and cold-looking, almost as long as train cars.

"Great God Almighty, Annie, look at them," her little cousin Will had breathed in awe. "They could blow down giants. Do you suppose the Yankees got guns like that?"

"I don't know, honey," she'd said, putting her arm around him. "General Beauregard's waiting for the Federal invaders at Bull Run. And General Johnston's on the way from the Shenandoah Valley. They'll take care of things." BOOM-BOOM-BOOM.

Cannon answered cannon. Yes, clearly the Union had guns just as big.

Annie thought of her brother, Laurence, good, kind Laurence who'd taken his two best thoroughbreds and joined Jeb Stuart's 1st Virginia Cavalry. Would Laurence be in the fight? What would she and her mother do if Laurence were hurt or . . .or . . . She couldn't allow the idea. Defensively, she replaced fear with anger. South Carolina had gotten Virginia into this mess, South Carolina and six of her Deep South sister states. Ever since they had seceded in the winter, Confederate men had swaggered about, shouting about states' rights and the fact that the Federal government existed only by the consent of the governed. They'd seemed to want the fight, as if it'd be fun, a good frolic.

And the North was no better. Rather than letting states leave the Union as the Constitution guaranteed they could do if they no longer agreed with its policies, President Lincoln declared war and called for seventy-five thousand volunteers to put down the insurrection -- eight thousand recruits were required of Virginia, he said. That was when, in May, Virginia finally, reluctantly, opted to secede from a government that demanded it wage war against its closest friends. Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee did the same, and the Confederacy held eleven states. Everyone started wearing rosettes and singing songs of glory.

Both sides expected quick, easy victory. The nearby village of Centreville was clogged with senators and people from Washington who'd hired carriages, packed picnic lunches, and traveled thirty miles over eight hours to watch the battle as if it were a Fourth of July celebration. Those guns certainly didn't sound like a picnic to her.

BOOM-BOOM-BOOM.

Annie covered her ears. She shouldn't be trapped, smack-dab in the middle of a battle. She wasn't supposed to be here. She should be home, safe in Upperville, west toward the Blue Ridge, shielded from the advancing Federals by a long, thick line of Confederate brigades. She'd just been on her way home from school and gotten stuck.

Annie attended Baker's Seminary for Young Ladies in Alexandria. Well, she had until the Union bluecoats crossed the Potomac River and occupied the town in May. Then she and most of the other girls had left. Usually, she would have ridden the train out the Orange & Alexandria Railway to Manassas Junction and spent the night with her aunt, who lived just a few miles away. But the Federals had shut down the rail line. She'd had to beg a carriage ride from a classmate and then walked the remaining distance from Centreville. Her mother, Miriam, had come in their rig to fetch her home. During their visit, Aunt Molly came down with measles, a gift from the Confederate soldiers camping nearby. Several neighbors caught it, too. Miriam insisted they stay to nurse Aunt Molly. And so here they were, sitting on the edge of Hades.

Mother never thought of such things. She was always taking care of everybody else but herself. This time, though, she'd dragged Annie into her dangerous do- gooding. It was selfish, is what it was, Annie fumed.



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    Posted April 19, 2014

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    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    This was the best book I have every read!!!!

    This was the best book I have every read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Good book

    It was a very good book and I hope you read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Great book

    I read this and its definitley one of my favorites! I love historical fiction! The others by this author are good!

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Amazing!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

    ????

    How long is it??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    A Favorite

    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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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    A wonderful read!

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    How much i love Annie between the states.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    A beautifully written book that must be read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2010

    Amazing Book

    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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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    Annie Between the States!

    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!

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Best book I have ever read in my short life!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    absolutely incredible

    this has to be one of my all time favorite books. its absolutely incredible. the details and the facts are outstanding. ive read it about 8 or 9 times, and it never gets old. i definitely recommend this book to adults and teens alike.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Amazing!

    This has to be the best Civil War novel I have ever read! I enjoyed every moment, I just wish there were more books out there like this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Tears to my eyes...

    This book was by far, one of my favorite books. I've reread and reread it again and again. 'Especially the parts that brought both tears from a broken heart and tears from and heart, overflowing with emotion.' I don't want to reveal anything, but I would suggest it to anyone who loves books with emotion, stuggles, action, adventure, and romance. This book will always be dear to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    This Book Is AWESOME

    this book is so awesome. it gives you a different view of the civil war which is really nice. But I love the characters in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    Aanie, Between the States is one of the best books I have ever read. The only reason I read this book was becasue my friend begged me to. After the first few pages, I was glad she did. L.M. Elliot is an amazing writer to have been able to make the story of Annie Sinclair come to life. After I finished this book, I felt completely different about my views on the Civil War. I now am more open to other's opinions and beliefs. I would recomend this book to anyone who wants a spectacular book to read.IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER OPINIONS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THE SHARE WITH ME, PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT dtopil13@hotmail.com- THANKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Changed my mind

    This book was the most inspiring book i have ever read.Reading just the first chapter had me hooked. I used the think the cival War was just about freeing slaves and all Yankees wanted to free slaves. The book showed me diffrent. It put factual and nonfactual things to gether in a way that older children and adults can understand and injoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

    wildechild

    this book starts out good, gets a tiny, tiny bit boring towards the middle but picks right back up. this is a very good book with alot of research in it.

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