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When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg.

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Overview

When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathie Fitch
Lizzie and Rosanna are not only cousins but also best friends. Rosanna has been sent to live with her sister in Gettysburg because of what her parents considered to be an inappropriate romance. The date is 1860, and the town and townspeople quickly become embroiled in the Civil War. Lizzie's father and brother join the Union, and she takes over the management of the family butcher shop. Rosanna flees to Richmond where she is reunited with her former beau, John, whom she marries. He enlists in the Confederate Army and is slightly wounded in battle. Rosanna flies to his side, joins his regiment, and becomes a field nurse, learning as she goes. Back in Gettysburg, with the help of Amos, a freed slave, and Martin, a romantic interest, Lizzie struggles with the family business, which is rapidly failing, and a war that is approaching her doorstep. The characterization of the two cousins is well defined. Rosanna changes from a self-centered, fickle girl to a dedicated and compassionate nurse who soldiers on even after John is killed. Lizzie transforms from a quiet, timid girl into a courageous business woman. Both endure the blood and horror of war realistically. Each of their stories could stand alone, but the view of the Civil War from both sides works most successfully. Reviewer: Kathie Fitch
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
This absorbing tale of two cousins begins in 1861 when both girls are living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Allbauer, the daughter of a butcher, has lived there all her life with her parents, her older brother Luke, and her younger brother Benjamin. She thinks of herself as plain and shy and she is much impressed by her sixteen-year-old cousin Rosanna McGreevey, a beautiful, flirtatious girl who has recently moved from Richmond, Virginia, to live with her widowed sister Margaret and Margaret's young son and daughter. But in June their lives change when Lizzie's father and Luke enlist in the Union army along with Henry, the boy Rosanna favors. Now instead of going to school with Rosanna, Lizzie must run the butcher shop with the help of Amos, a black man who is trying to earn enough money to buy his wife's freedom. Throughout this first year the book is told by Lizzie, but when Rosanna runs back to Richmond in July, 1862, the voice of her diary takes over. She reunites with John Wilcox against her parents' wishes, but when he enlists in the Confederate army they permit her to marry him. Soon he is sent to war and when he is wounded, Rosanna joins him. Nursing him amid the horrors of battle makes her grow up quickly, and she continues nursing the wounded even after he is healed. The book cuts back and forth between the cousins as both girls become stronger and more independent. Amos brings his pregnant wife back to the Allbauers' home; John Wilcox dies; Lizzie and a local boy, Martin Weigel, fall in love; and Rosanna returns to Pennsylvania in time to suffer through the Battle of Gettysburg along with her sister and cousin. Their story is beautifully told, with muchattention to historical detail. In fact, Lizzie's portion is partially based on the experiences of Matilda Pierce, who wrote a memoir of the battle. An "Author's Note" and a list of twenty-three readings and four websites follow the text. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

In 1861, the Confederacy has just declared its independence from the Union, but life goes on much as usual in the quiet town of Gettysburg. Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Allbauer and her cousin Rosanna, recently arrived from Virginia, have big plans to attend the Ladies' Seminary together in the fall. Then Lizzie's father and brother enlist in the Union army and she must stay home to help her mother run the family butcher shop. Rosanna flees back to Richmond after a Gettysburg beau is killed in one of the early battles. Torn between her romanticized view of the war and her parents' conservative rules, Rosanna impulsively agrees to marry a former beau, John Wilcox. Within a month of marriage, he is injured, and Rosanna rushes to meet up with the Virginia Infantry so that she can care for him. Realizing that she has a gift for healing, she stays on with her husband's company as a nurse. Chapters alternate between Rosanna's journal entries of her life as a Confederate nurse and Lizzie's accounts of the events leading up to the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. While Klein's extensive research is evident, the alternating voices have only limited success: readers will be drawn to Lizzie's genuine warmth, but frivolous Rosanna's leap to the ultra-responsible wife and nurse and the stilted dialogues in her journal entries stretch credibility. Still, Klein's weaving of the young women's stories to a shared conclusion gives a fresh perspective on the complexities of the Civil War.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Kirkus Reviews

Klein's second novel offers a new take on the brother-versus-brother saga of the American Civil War. Teenage cousins Lizzie and Rosanna become firm friends when Rosanna moves to the small town of Gettysburg, Pa. After the war begins, however, Rosanna returns home to Virginia and impetuously marries a Confederate soldier; Lizzie finds herself running her father's butcher shop after he and her brother join the Union army. Without quite meaning to, Rosanna becomes a camp follower and later a devoted army nurse; the cousins meet again as the battle of Gettyburg rages. Lizzie's first-person narration carries more emotional weight than Rosanna's somewhat distant journal entries, but none of the characters are developed strongly. The African-Americans, in particular, all seem rather like Mammy, cut from Good-Negro cloth, devoted to their white masters whether they are free or slave. But Klein's account of the battle and its effect on civilian life is compelling, and makes this a worthwhile addition to Civil War literature. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901053
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 529,135
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Klein

LISA KLEIN is also the author of Ophelia and Lady MacBeth's Daughter. A former professor of English, she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    A Wonderful Read

    I absolutely loved this book. Through Rosanna and Lizzie, you could see how real the war was. So often we are so detached from what really happened that we don't realize the war was fought on people's lawns and farmland. Gettysburg, of course, was a major battle, and both girls are in the thick of it. They have different obstacles to overcome, but they are realistic for the time period. This is a book that you could actually imagine the events taking place in real life. I respect Lizzie, Rosanna too after a while. They are lovable, interesting characters who must overcome their own battles while helping those who fight the physical ones. Rosanna must find her practical, mature side, and Lizzie must decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    In Two Girls of Gettysburg Lizzie and her cousin/best friend Ros

    In Two Girls of Gettysburg Lizzie and her cousin/best friend Rosana have the life living in the sleepy little town of Gettysburg. But when the Civil War breaks out, Lizzie's father and brother go off to join the union. Which leaves her the butcher shop to look after. Then when Rosanas beau dies in battle, she goes back home to Richmond, Virginia. If you like a story that keeps you on your toes to see what happens next, a little bit of romance, and a good old civil war book, then this book is PERFECT for you!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Amazing!

    I checked this book out of the library 2 or 3 years ago and it was amazing! It is on my list to buy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Best Book Better

    I cried and laughed at the story of Lizzie . I cried all the time during the story of Rosanna and her beau it is a beautiful story that i almost refused to give back to the library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Good

    I started liking this book after all the romance drama was mostly done.the battle parts were good,and i LOVED the patt with Abraham Lincoln.i could live without the romance of it all though ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book. I have read it twice now and will

    I absolutely loved this book. I have read it twice now and will do so again!

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    Posted March 2, 2013

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    Please stop trying to use the reviews as a chatroom! I am already ticked off right now because I was looking at another book and TONS of people were chatrooming! PLEASE STOP or I WILL REPORT THIS TO BARNES AND NOBLE,

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 31, 2012

    I need to pee

    Its big and muscely, can you guess oh yessiree, it has to go number three, it is my tushie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, pottymouth

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Great book!!!

    I loved this book! I thought i wouldnt enjoy it, but i was wrong. I couldnt put it done. Greate book!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Really good

    I really enjoyed this book. Could'nt put it down! Worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    Best book i have ever read.

    I Laughed,cried,was shock.....it was beautiful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Good book!

    This book follows two cousins that support opposite sides during the American Civil War. If you like historical fiction with a little romance, this book is for you. The characters are well developed and relatable. The story offers insight on what the Civil War was like not only for soldiers and nurses, but civilians as well. I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2010

    Very good book!

    I thought it was a good mixture of history but the characters were ones you could relate too not just weird old timey people.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Fantastic

    This book was amazing! When I first started it I thought it might be a little dull but I quickly relized that I couldnt put it down. Its a fantastic read.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    WOW!

    I love historical fiction with a splash of romance and this covered it. The characters were wonderful, though Rosanna bugged me often. I couldn't stop reading and on a couple of nights stayed up till one in the morning to read. It had interesting views on the Civil War and offered a view from both sides. The characters were relatable even though it takes place in 1863. Lisa Klein did a wonderful job of discribing the events through two different eyes. It was a GREAT book and I would recommend it for anyone and everyone!

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    I loved this book! Klein wrote the girls lives really well. They were peoploe I could relate too, even though they were going through the Civil War. The Civil War aspect made it much more interesting though. Definitely recommend.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    A great book

    If you like historical fiction this is a perfect book for you. It has real facts, and the story is realistic. It follows 2 years in the lives of two cousins/ best friends. Lizzie is the son of a butcher, from Gettysburg, and a Yankee. Rosanna is from Virginia, living in Gettysburg with her widowed sister, and is a rebel. Rosanna ends up running away from Gettysburg, and gets married to a rebel solider, and becomes a nurse in the army. Lizzie takes care of the butcher shop since her father, and twin brother are fighting the war. When the battle of Gettysburg happens, Lizzie and Rosanna are reunited, their lives forever changed. At the end of this book you'll be wanting a sequel it's that good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ

    This book is incredible!! It is an awesome book with a little bit of everything! It is a phenomenal book that I recommend for all it is, a page turner that keeps you interested from beginning to end and i guarantee that you will be sad to see the end of this book. You will be wanting a sequel! Please read and enjoy, you will be happy that you did!!!!

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