Friday, April 20, 2012

Evvy's Civil War by Miriam Brenaman

I don't remember how I came to add Evvy's Civil War to my tbr list. It proved to be a popular one with my library system. I waited about a year before getting this one. It turned out to be an enjoyable read. I can see why there was such a wait.
It's just before the start of the American Civil War when Evvy turns 14. In her family it means that she's considered an adult. No more playing for Evvy. Her parent's expect her to be a lady. It had to be an interesting time to come of age. Discussion of slavery, women's rights, and state secession were all topics that Evvy had never considered before she turned 14. I expect that Evvy was pretty typical of most Southern girls. Slavery wasn't something people thought about. It was an accepted practice regardless of how wrong it might be. But Evvy investigates her "truths" and realizes that just because something is accepted doesn't mean it's right.
I admired Evvy. When she was faced with awful truths about her family, she didn't hide. She tried to find the best solution to each problem. Overall she had to grow up faster than her sisters because the situation demanded it. The story is well paced and the plot deals with things that many Southern women (as well as Northern women) would had to face- life with men, lack of supplies, fear of war intruding on their doorsteps.
I recommended this sweet story about a young girl coming of age during the American Civil War.


  1. I wonder why it would take a year!! HOly cow..sounds like a great read for the civil war time period!

  2. That's a long wait for a library book! Glad it turned out to be worth the wait.


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