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

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

by Mary Pope Osborne
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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
School Library Journal
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:
04/28/2002
Series:
My America Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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