Leigh Ann Conners is spunky and determined. Although she often finds herself in trouble, she loves her two older brothers dearly and would do anything to make them proud. When the Yankees arrive in Roswell, Georgia, Leigh Ann places a French f
Gr 7-9-Leigh Ann lives on a plantation in Roswell, GA, when the Civil War breaks out. Her family owns and operates the local cotton mill, but there has been something of a civil war within her own family. Her Pa has been slowly losing his mind, her Ma has basically left the family and taken up with other men, and the 11-year-old is being raised by her older brothers and sister. When Yankee soldiers arrive as part of Sherman's destructive march, they burn the mill, arrest Leigh Ann and her sister as traitors, and deport them. Rinaldi steeps the story in such complete historical detail that the setting almost becomes its own character. In fact, the burning of the mill is based on a true incident. The action moves swiftly, and there are enough twists and turns to keep readers hooked. The only flaw may be the rather abrupt ending; the family is about to make a crucial decision, but the outcome is left unresolved. The author acknowledges in a note that she did not decide on an ending. Overall, fans of Rinaldi's Girl in Blue (Scholastic, 2001), My Vicksburg (Harcourt, 2009), and Numbering All the Bones (Hyperion, 2002) will not be disappointed.-Kristen Oravec, Flint Hill Middle School, Oakton, VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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HMH Books for Young Readers
September 28, 2009
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