"Told in a first-person voice that is both sardonic and sincere, Friedman's novel succeeds in bringing forth some common issues that challenge any immigrant American child who must straddle separate ways of life while striving for that true-blue American image. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
"By focusing on Lula and her doll—the 'silent witness' of the title—the grand sweep of history is placed very firmly and humanely within the grasp of young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The events of the Civil War unfold, filtered through the experiences of Lula McLean, on whose father's farm the First Battle of Bull Run was fought, and in whose father's living room Lee surrendered.
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