MARE’S WAR by Tanita S.  Davis
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MARE’S WAR

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

A summer road trip serves as frame for the story of Octavia and Tali’s extraordinary grandmother. Born on a farm just before the Great Depression, Marey Lee Boyen dreams of getting herself and her younger sister Josephine as far away from Bay Slough, Ala., as possible—especially when their mother’s boyfriend turns a lustful eye toward them both. After Josephine is sent away to Aunt Shirley in Philadelphia, Mare lies about her age and joins the Women’s Army Corps at the height of World War II. As Octavia and Tali travel with Mare back home to Bay Slough, readers experience Pfc. Boyen’s journey from basic training to extended field-service training, as she bonds with a remarkable group of young African-American women. Once her company, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, ships out to Europe, Mare and her fellow GIs process mail for the front lines in England and France. The parallel travel narratives are masterfully managed, with postcards from Octavia and Tali to the folks back home in San Francisco signaling the shift between “then” and “now.” Absolutely essential reading. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: June 9th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-85714-0
Page count: 346pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2009




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