WINNIE’S WAR by Jenny Moss


Age Range: 10 - 14
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In fall of 1918, the threat of Spanish influenza tops the list of Winnie’s concerns—along with her frail sister, her gentle but completely unassertive father and her mother, who remains emotionally crippled by storms from the past. The only strong member of the family, besides herself, is her grandmother, who seems far more concerned about the town society queens than her own family. Winnie fights on all fronts, but not until true tragedy hits does she realize how much she can count on the strength of her allies—and who her allies are. The first-person narrative beautifully captures Winnie’s voice and, especially, life in a small Southern town, where everyone understands that “Thank you all for coming” can mean “Get the heck out of my house,” and where the sheriff, learning of one of Winnie’s transgressions, orders her to go home and not tell her grandmother. Moss handles the large cast of characters and historical information with a deft touch, always allowing the narrative to carry the story. A multifaceted, nuanced debut. (author’s note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9819-0
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2009


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