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In My Father's House

In My Father's House

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Many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War were fought in the home. Oscie Mason knows this all too well.

The first shots of the war were fired on her front lawn - a sign of things to come. Oscie's a proud daughter of the Old South, but her stepfather, Will McLean, thinks the world of her childhood must change. Oscie won't accept anything he has to say. And the

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Many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War were fought in the home. Oscie Mason knows this all too well.

The first shots of the war were fired on her front lawn - a sign of things to come. Oscie's a proud daughter of the Old South, but her stepfather, Will McLean, thinks the world of her childhood must change. Oscie won't accept anything he has to say. And the tension between them is about to explode.

To escape the war, Will McLean moves the family to a quiet town called Appomattox. But the war will follow them there, as sure as the hurtful battle will continue in Oscie's home, and in her heart. Can Oscie call a truce - or will all that she cherishes become a casualty of war?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Oscie struggles with her stepfather as the Civil War rages on. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)
The ALAN Review - Barbara G. Samuels
Oscie resents her mother's marriage to Will McLean and hates the changes he makes in her family. He hires a Yankee tutor for his stepdaughters, takes over management of the plantation, and pushes Oscie to become a strong decision-maker and thinker. Oscie's spirit and intelligence help her through changes in the Old South, a misguided romance, the dangers of war, and the family's move from Manassas to Appomattox. Based on events in the lives of Wilmer McLean on whose property the Civil War started and ended, the novel is rich in detail. Rinaldi has researched the period thoroughly and includes details such as lessons a tutor would have taught, arguments about the John Brown massacre, and debates on Lincoln's election. But the essence of the book is the compelling character and story of Oscie McLean, the girl who grows from child to woman during the years from 1852 to 1865.
Carolyn Phelan
Rinaldi notes that her novel is based on this quirk of historical coincidence: the first battle of the Civil War took place on the Manassas farm of Wilmer McLean, who eventually moved with his family to Appomattox, where the Civil War ended with Lee's surrendering to Grant in the McLeans' parlor. While some facts are known about the McLean family, the framework is bare enough to give Rinaldi full rein in creating an involving historical novel. Oscie, the narrator, begins the story as a seven-year-old girl who regards McLean suspiciously, just as any young girl might regard a prospective stepfather; by the end, she is a young woman who understands and respects him. While Oscie never sounds quite as young as seven, her transformation from child to woman is convincingly portrayed against a backdrop of the changing South before, during, and slightly after the Civil War. Rinaldi's interest in Wilmer McLean, who began by giving his farm to the cause and later profiteered in sugar, pulls the focus of the novel away from Oscie's story at times. This is, in any case, a story of many intertwining threads rather than one with a strong, central theme. Many readers will find they can't put it down.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590447317
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Point Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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In My Father's House 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!I liked the relationship between Oscie and Will Mclean. Even though Oscie didn't liked Will Mclean at first, over the years it shows how they came to respect and love each other as father and daughter. It is also very interesting how the first battle of the civil war was fought in their house, and the surrender of the war was in their other house in Appomattox Court House. I couldn't believe that this actually happened in real life. That Wilmer Mclean actually moved away to get away from the war, and the surrender occured right in their house! It is the best book I have read in a long time. I recomend it to alllll!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read! I love the little bit of romance that they have in there. I felt like I was in the book with Oscie. I got mad when she di and happy when she got happy. I really think you should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This memorable book was very enjoyable will teaching us about a part of the U.S history in a way that we won't forget it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my father's house was the best book I ever read by Ann Rinaldi. That was the first book I read that she wrote and I loved it. I could never put it down it was that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite novel about the Civil War. The story begins in the 1850's when Oscie Mason is around 7 years old and ends when she is around 20. Oscie goes through many hardships as she adapts to the hard times of the War in her Virginia home. There are many different moods to the story. One minute you cry and the next minute your laughing. The book is filled with excitement, romance, and the life of a young girl coming of age during the Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you know how suprised I was when I read this? I was actually dreading having to read this book but I love it!! Before if you said anything about history or historical fiction I would pretend to gag. Now if I even hear Ann Rinaldi's name I go crazy. This was the 1st book that I read of hers and now I read her books all the time. I must have read this at least 7 times, no joke!! I strongly suggest you read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truelly love this book!! It was sooo good. It made me think (as do all Ann Rinaldi's books)....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 14 year old 8th grader at watkins middle school and we were assigned by our language arts teacher to pick a book out of the 4 choices we were given and as soon as i heard the descripition i knew that was going to be an outstanding book and i was right. If you like a book that takes you on an exciting ride than you will love this book from beginning till the end and it has some lessons in there and it is easy to relate to and occasionally you may get emotional but through out the whole book it is suspesneful and very deep i would highly reconmmend it and i rate this book a million stars!!!....
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow. all i can say is wow. ann rinaldi wrote yet another thrilling book! i just love her so much she is the best author. i can relate to oscie and everything in hte boook bcuz we learned about it in social studies! i cried wen it ended
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book that you just have to read. It is a great tale of a girl named Oscie who had to deal with having the first battle of the Civil War being faught on her front lawn right after losing her beloved father. It also has romance in it(which i love). Ann Rinaldi has written a beautiful and touching book that reaches the heart of everyone who reads it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really loved this book and i wish she would right a book two for this book because i want to know what happened to every on that was in the book like tom, and the Mclieans that way i know what happened to Ocie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much ,I have read it well over ten times .After reading this book I want to read every book written by Ann Rinaldi.Pure excellence! I plan to name my first daughter after Oscie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really liked historical books. But i love books about teens. so when i had to go to barnes and noble to pick a book for a book report at school, i naturally went to the teens sections. i was pretty much broke so i needed something cheap and "appropriate" for the teacher. so i just picked up this book and went to the cash register to purchase it. it took a LOOOONG time for me to even start reading it because those of you who are in new york, know that there is something called a SCI-HI exam. and i hadd to prepare 4 it. so when i did get to the middle of the book, i realized that i didnt want this book to end. IT WSA THE BEST BOOK EVER!!! it has history(which i like now),romance(i love) and things about a teen. my fav.things to read about!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so truthful and really gives a good picture of what it was like for some families back then and how they delt with their worlds' being turned upside down. They learn life and love and what it means to be an American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the 2nd Ann Rinaldi book i read but Ann Rinaldi and i loved it. I like how she put romance problems with family, and friends all in the book. I do wish it had a epilouge though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome read! It was very interesting and historical and had a lot of information about the Civil War, but you also saw a young girl's perspective on what was going on in her world. Ann Rinaldi has written a great tale that I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would recomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for language arts class but I am glad I did. It was a wonderful story that made me interested in reading more of her books. I hope that there is a sequel out or soon to be out so I can discover what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'In My fathers House' is the Best Book.Every teen should read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!!!!!!It had a little bit of everything to it. If you haven't already, read it!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. You learn so much about the civil war. And to know that some of the happenings were real is amazing. Some of their stuff is actually in a museum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a very dramatic and discriptive book on life during the Civil War and how it might have been like. It is very emotional and a good relaxing book to read at home. It includes a good bit of suspense too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great reading if you like a interesting romance, about war and the things a teenager had to go through during the hardships when our world suffered the most. I would suggest this book for anyone to read. just as my wonderful english teacher did for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's the only word to describe this book. I hadn't been into the historical fiction thing until I read this book. It got me hooked. It told thestory of how Oscie grew up during the Civil War and had inner battles with herself over issues such as slavery. It was an interesting read and I reccomend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! i read this in 6th grade when i hated to read. I read it in no time. i was one of the first people to have finished this book in a class with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I loved it! I would recomend this to anyone.