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Children's LiteratureThe year is 1861, the United States is divided and war is brewing. Eighteen-year old Sarah Tracy is tired of the pressure on her to find a suitable husband and the constant supervision of her older sister. When she is offered a position as a caretaker for Mount Vernon she jumps at the opportunity. As the Civil War begins, Sarah uses her smarts to influence powerful generals—even President Lincoln—in order to protect Mount Vernon and keep it the only neutral ground during the war. Along the way, Sarah manages to find a suitable husband too. This fictional novel is based on a Sarah Tracy who really did exist and live at Mount Vernon during the Civil War. This book will make the time period come alive for readers and would be a great complement to lessons on the Civil War. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 12 up.