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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406302449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406302448
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Turnbull is a highly-regarded author of books for children and young adults and has been shortlisted for several major awards, including the Guardian and Whitbread awards. She writes across a range of genres, but her main interests are history and folk tales. Her novels combine accurate historical detail with an accessible style and realistic characters with whom young readers can easily identify. Although many of her books involve dramatic events, it is emotional dilemmas that lie at the heart of her stories.

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Ann Turnbull has written numerous picture books and stories for children but is best known for her novels, which include House of Ghosts (9781406309638), No Shame, No Fear (9780744590906), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize, its sequel, Forged in the Fire (9781844289356), and Pigeon Summer (9781844281398), which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. Ann lives in Shropshire with her family.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ML Jensen on 9 Sept. 2009
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The title really sums the book up, as the English civil war and love are the two main themes of the story. Alice falls in love with a soldier and is tempted to leave her home and follow the Royalist army, with only the vaguest idea of what such a life will hold for her. She thinks anything will be better than the situation she is in at her uncle's farm, but she isn't prepared for the hardships of the baggage train. The cold, the hunger, the dirt, and above all the danger. But there are compensations, such as the friendships she forms.
It's been a very long wait for this new teen novel from Ann Turnbull, and I've really been looking forward to reading it. It didn't disappoint. It's a satisfying read, with an exciting story line and a real picture of what it must have been like to be caught up in the civil war.
The story probably isn't suitable for pre-teens due to the sexual content (tastefully handled, I hasten to add) but apart from that, anyone who enjoys an accesible historical tale with adventure and love will really enjoy this. It's beautifully written and brilliantly researched with a wealth of historical detail which never intrudes on the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Cook on 28 Sept. 2009
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Historical fiction is my favourite genre and I buy and read it on a regular basis. Although this book isn't really aimed at my age group, I really enjoyed it and found it thought provoking and well written. It has a very simple style and quickly draws you into the lives of the characters and the events of The English Civil War. Although aimed at young adults, the author doesn't shy away from the brutality and hardships of war and although it is never graphic, I thought it packed quite a punch, showing the sheer wickedness that these conflicts bring. There is a love story running through it, but it's not the main part of the plot, which was good for me, as I'm not keen on romance in novels. This is a touching tale of friendship and love and I would recommend it to people of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Purkiss on 28 Nov. 2009
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This book explores a period of history that hasn't been much written about - but what really interested me was that it took you right into the world of an ordinary inhabitant of that world; Ann Turnbull gives you a real feel of what it would have been like to live there, to be on the edge of great events and affected by them with no power to influence them. This was a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman on 19 Sept. 2009
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Alice Newcombe's father dies when she was eleven, leaving her an orphan. She is sent to live on her aunt and uncle's farm, where she feels unwelcome from the start. Five years pass, until Alice is sixteen in the year 1644. Civil war divides England, but Alice is most worried about fighting off the unwelcome advances of her uncle, and fears what will happen if one day, she cannot fight him off. So when Royalist soldiers come to their village, and Alice falls in love with one young soldier named Robin, she seizes her chance to escape, and leaves with Robin to join the other women on the baggage train following the army.

Life is hard, but Alice becomes friends with many of the women on the baggage train. And she loves Robin, and is sure he loves her too. But when he leaves her alone for the winter, she begins to wonder if he was honest with her, and if he really cares for her as much as she did. What will happen to her if he does not return? Can she make her own way in a country torn apart by a violent war?

Alice in Love and War is an excellent historical novel that brings to life the English Civil War, a time period I didn't know much about as an American reader. Alice is a well-developed and likeable character and the book kept me turning the pages eagerly to find out what would happen to her next. There are some mature themes in this book, although not described in graphic detail, so I wouldn't recommend this book for young readers, but it is an excellent book for teens - and adults too - who love historical fiction.
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