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When a Confederate general threatens to burn Hagerstown, Maryland, unless it pays an exorbitant ransom, twelve-year-old Amelia and her friend find a way to save the town.
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Títol:Amelia's War by RINALDI ANN (1999) Paperback
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  gilsbooks | May 18, 2011 |
I am a Marylander. I was born in Maryland, grew up in Maryland, married in Maryland, and have always lived in Maryland. So when the book opens with "Mama and I were Southerners, but not Rebels. We were for the Union but not the Yankees. You have to be from Maryland to understand it."

I understand.

And yet I don't, and because of that, this book expressed my feelings about the Civil War in many ways. In this fictional account, Amelia Grafton is a pre-teen who lives in the "northern" Maryland town of Hagerstown during the Civil War and it is her personal dilemma which is told so beautifully in this book. Because of its location Hagerstown was frequently "visited" by both the Confederate forces and the Union Army. Amelia's best friend is a Southern sympathizer while her father is whole-heartedly for the Union. Her Mother believes that everyone should be treated with kindness whether they are Yankees or Rebels but the family takes in Aunt Lou, an escaped slave, and try to aid her in her run to freedom.

So there are many conflicts for a young girl to face and then when her brother runs off to join the Union forces, Amelia still feels an inner turmoil. Amelia wants to do something to make her contribution to the war effort, but can't decide what that should be until her moment of truth arrives and she has to do something to try to save her town when a ransom is demanded by the Confederate Army general, the uncle of her best friend.

In readings depicting the Civil War, a reader cannot believe that there is even the slightly possibility of avoiding ugliness. War is ugly and no matter how it might be romanticized by writers, the ugliness will creep through and smack you in the face. In the end, even though Amelia makes her contribution, it isn't without that ugliness reaching out to smack her in the face.

Yes, the book is a romanticized depiction of the real-life ransoming of Hagerstown, Maryland and the manner in which the tale is told is geared more toward the Youth for which the book was written, however, for this Marylander it presents the dilemma that was faced by many during the Civil War in an all too clear light - do you support your state or the nation? IMHO, in that time period, states had a much greater pull for their citizens then a national identity did. Rarely if ever, when asked would someone say they were an American, no they were a Virginian, or New Yorker, or Georgian, or Marylander. What a wonderful book to show our youth that decisions are not always easy and that peer pressure should not make them race to a decision.

I want to thank Linda (Whisper1) and VictoriaPL for their recommendation of this book. ( )
7 vota cyderry | May 3, 2011 |
"Mama and I were Southerners, but not Rebels. We were for the Union but not the Yankees. You have to be from Maryland to understand it."

(I love this quote because I think of Maryland as part of the North. They never serve me sweet tea when I'm there and that's the deciding factor, isn't it?)

Amelia's War by Ann Rinaldi is a fictionalized account of the real-life ransoming of Hagerstown, Maryland by CSA Brigadier General McCausland in July 1864.
As a southern girl, I knew about Sherman's march to the sea and I had heard the famous story of how Savannah escaped the torch, but I never knew that towns had been blackmailed for money. We all know that war is horrible, but this just brought another facet of the horror into focus for me.
I tell myself that I read Rinaldi's young-adult books because I love her style but it seems she can teach adults a little history too. ( )
  VictoriaPL | Aug 21, 2010 |
An interesting perspective, that of a young girl with great conflict about how to act during a time of war. She witnesses people doing horrible things, and she witnesses small acts of kindness but continues to wonder what difference it really makes. This book could have been much more powerful if the main character was more developed and if the reader felt more connection with her. Amelia’s inaction perhaps made it inevitable that it did not seem as if there was much action in the novel. Overall , it felt as though the plot was rushed and rather shallow. Amelia’s final choice should have been more of a climax, but, like the entire story, it fell short.
  ECraine | Jun 30, 2010 |
As the Civil War rages, Amelia's Maryland town is divided between supported the Union and the Confederacy. Even she and her best friend Josh disagree. Amelia vows not to take sides, until the Confederate troops march into town.

I really enjoyed this book. Amelia is such a strong female role model for girls. Ann Rinaldi also does a wonderful job of making the struggles that Amelia goes through come to life. You cna' thelp but feel for her as though you are living her life.

Classroom extensions:
1) Have students create a journal and judging the decisions that Amelia makes and having them say what decisions they would make in her situation.
2) Have students create a map of Hagerstown, Maryland from the description in the book ( )
  lianedewan | Oct 26, 2008 |
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