My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1863 (My America Series)

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Mary Pope Osborne's book, part of the relaunch of the My America series, tells the story of Ginny , a young girl who keeps a journal during the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg.

Virginia Dickens has promised to keep a journal for her older brother Jed. And Ginny finds plenty to write about: Pennsylvania Volunteers arrive in the town square reporting a big battle in Virginia and calling for more men to join their ranks. Rumors fly that the Rebs are headed to Gettysburg, and the ...

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Overview

Mary Pope Osborne's book, part of the relaunch of the My America series, tells the story of Ginny , a young girl who keeps a journal during the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg.

Virginia Dickens has promised to keep a journal for her older brother Jed. And Ginny finds plenty to write about: Pennsylvania Volunteers arrive in the town square reporting a big battle in Virginia and calling for more men to join their ranks. Rumors fly that the Rebs are headed to Gettysburg, and the Battle of Gettysburg ensues. Suddenly, Ginny's quiet town is filled with the injured.

Ginny's brother Jed has joined the Union army, and they find him wounded in a makeshift hospital. With Ginny's nursing, he recovers, and Ginny is is able to witness the President's Gettysburg Address.

In 1863, as the Civil War approaches her quiet town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Virginia records in a journal the horrible things she witnesses before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Children's Literature
In this fictional dramatization of a momentous event in history, nine-year-old Virginia Dickens keeps a journal for her brother Jeb while he and their father temporarily leave Gettysburg. Little do they realize that Virginia will be an eyewitness to the biggest battle of the Civil War. Virginia takes her journalistic duties very seriously, bravely witnessing all she can and honestly recording everything that occurs from June 20th on. Her opening entries paint a serene picture from the top of Cemetery Hill. But the journal soon records the Rebels arriving in Gettysburg with yells, whistles and drums. The three-day battle begins July 1, during which thousands of people are killed or wounded. From the top of a tree, Virginia witnesses people screaming, horses running wild and a bald soldier with his head covered in blood. The horrors of war told from the child's perspective, mixed in with the story of Virginia's reunion with her brother and father, make this a suspenseful tale for a mature youngster. Among the many things Virginia learns is that she has writing talent. This "Dear America" book has a historical note with photos, plus an attractive cover portrait. A map of Gettysburg would have been helpful. 2000, Scholastic, . Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins
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Gr 3-5-Resembling the "Dear America" books (Scholastic), these titles are aimed at a slightly younger audience. In the first book, nine-year-old Elizabeth records her experiences as she, her family, and other colonists adjust to the harsh weather conditions, illness, endless hard work, and nascent social strata in the new land. In the course of three months, Elizabeth meets Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, Gabriel Archer, and George Percy. This is a quick, easy read. Hermes has created a sensitive main character and readers will empathize with her fears and emotions as she adjusts to her new life. In My Brother's Keeper, nine-year-old Virginia Dickens is left in the care of Reverend and Mrs. McCully while her father and brother help her uncle hide his horses from the Confederate raiders. Her journal documents the battle at Gettysburg and the horrors of war. After the battle, she and her father find her brother in a makeshift hospital. The novel ends as the town slowly recovers and Virginia hears President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Osborne successfully creates individual characters, and she poses difficult questions about war and the waste of human life. There is a lyrical quality to several passages, and the author slowly builds suspense and release. However, this book seems more fitting for older, more experienced readers, and the intended audience may have difficulty digesting some of the material. Fans of "Dear America" will enjoy it.-Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439369039
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: My America Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was about a little girl and her family. The little girl's mother died in a house fire when she was little. Virginia's dad and brother went to Gettysburg to fight in the war. Virginia had to stay home with her friend while her father and brother were gone. At the end of the book her father comes home but not her brother. They looked every where for her brother,and at the last minute she found him in a hospital. And it helped me a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Fun for Kids!!!!!!!!!

    It was a great book.Virginia is a nine year old girl living in Gettysburg,Virginia.She is smart,funny and interesting to read about.I would recomend this book to any who likes reading historical fiction.I have read this book three times and it becomes more and more fun each time!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    I Love your books there awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I realy enjoyed ' My Brothers Keeper.' It was so awsome that every time i read that book I felt like I was there in the story. P.S. Your books our so awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    I loved it

    I first read this book when i was in 6th grade and i loved it so much so i kept reading it and reading it and i think i've read it like 20 times and it's really warn out it's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    A Promise at Gettysburg. . .

    Virginia Dickens, 9, is sent away from home in the care of Reverend and Mrs. McCully while her father and brother help her uncle hide his horses from the Confederate raiders and fight. She promises to keep a journal for Jed, her brother. this journal tells about the battle at Gettysburg and the horrors of war. After the battle, she and her father find her brother in a makeshift hospital. The book ends as the town slowly recovers and Virginia hears President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    My 9 year old daughter is excited about reading!!!

    What a thrill to see my child reading about history and loving it! We bought the book late saturday night and she did not put it down until she had finished reading every page. She is begging for the rest of books from this series for christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    Great Book!

    This is an exciting well written book and I recommend it to everyone.

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