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Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?

by Barry Denenberg
This story, in diary format, tells of the life of 14-year-old Emma during the Civil War. 135 pages, Ages 8-12

Item Number: 1277
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $15.00
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5Born into a wealthy Southern plantation family, Emma Simpson had every luxury she desired.... until the outbreak of the Civil War. Her father, brother, uncle, and the young man she loves go off to war - her brother and uncle die early on. The hardships are not limited to the battlefield. They reach out to touch Emma's sheltered, quiet home in ways she never imagined possible. There are rumors that the slaves she thought faithful to her family plan to run away. Deserters from both sides raid the farm, stealing the food Emma, her mother, and her aunt and cousin need in order to survive. When her already frail mother becomes desperately ill, and dies, Emma has only her aunt and cousin to turn to. Things become even worse when Yankees invade the peaceful countryside and take over Emma's house to use as their headquarters. Emma is confined to an upstairs room. She is determined to never give up and waits for the day her father and sweetheart will return home to her. I highly recommend this book. It showed how the Southern families lives' were torn apart by the Civil War, and how a lot of them practiced slavery simply because it was what their families had been doing for generations.
2011-08-11

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