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Virginia's Civil War Diaries: Book One: My Brother's Keeper: 1 (My America) [Paperback]

Mary Pope Osborne
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  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reprint edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439369037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439369039
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,086,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Pope Osborne is the author of over forty books for young people, including novels, picture books, biographies, mysteries, and retellings of fairy tales and myths. She was the president of the Author's Guild, the leading organization for professional writers in the US, for two years and has won many awards for her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, Will, and their dog, Bailey, who sleeps on top of Mary's desk every day while she writes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great civil war book 28 Jan 2009
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I really liked this book, it had a good story line and plenty of intresting facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A young girl witnesses the Battle of Gettysburg. 22 May 2000
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Virginia Dickens is an ordinary nine-year-old girl growing upin the sleepy farm town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. She worries about her father and her brother Jed, who have gone to hide the family's horses from the Confederates. Virginia is left behind for her own safety, but she ends up being caught up in the battle and witnesses many horrifying events while growing up. I am older than the level that this book was intended for, but I still enjoyed it. This is a good book for fans of the American Girls series (which I liked when I was younger). It teaches kids about the events of the Civil War through the diary of a young girl readers can relate to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Brother's Keeper 14 Dec 2005
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My America: My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Mary Pope Osborne, 4 stars.
I thought that My Brother's Keeper was a very good book. It was about a girl named Virginia Dickens. She lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the year 1863. Her father and brother, Jed, have gone to Uncle Jack's house to help hide his horses from the Conferate soldiers. She is staying with Reverend McCully and his family while they are away. The whole time she is scared for her brother and father and wants them to come home.

I gave this book four stars because, even though it was a very good book, there were some parts that were very boring/confusing. Sometimes Virginia would be talking about something, then she would start talking about something else and it would be very confusing and hard to follow. Sometimes she just was rambling on and it got boring.

The book, overall, was very good though. It had some very suspenseful parts where I was on the edge of my seat. For example, when Virginia was sitting in the tree while the Confederate soldiers were passing, I wasn't sure whether she would get caught or not and I was anxious to find out.

Some other books I would recommend are: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Picking Up the Pieces, and Nicola and the Viscount. (...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Account of Gettysburg from a 9 year old's view! 13 Jun 2010
By Sylviastel - Published on Amazon.com
Virginia Dickens was the daughter of a Union father and Confederate mother. Her mother was a Southern belle from Virginia who named their daughter after her beloved state. The Civil War in American History is perhaps the most important decisive and difficult time in our history. For this nine year old, Virginia's brother Jed and father Pa are Union soldiers. She is torn about the North and South but I think they could have expanded about her mixed loyalties.

This war was about brothers versus brothers and families were indeed torn apart by their loyalties. I think the writer could have expanded Virginia's point of view about the country's points of view. Apart from that, this book is really intended for younger readers which I think they will enjoy reading about that time in American history. Virginia keeps a diary about the civil war and this book does share some interesting facts and details about the history of the Battle of Gettysburg. Yes, it became the turning point battle for the Confederates but it was also very bloody and still the grounds are sacred and hollow and haunted as well.

There is a lot that goes on in Virginia's life that summer like her father and brother being off to war and not hearing from them and life back home in Gettysburg. It's quite an easy, well-done read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witness to the Battle of Gettysburg 13 May 2006
By Green Marker Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Young Virginia, named after the state, shares her emotional journey through the Civil War, missing her dead mother, worriying constantly about her brother and father, and being afraid so often.

Living in Gettysburg isn't exactly safe - especially when one of the most famous Civil War battles is fought right there. Virginia witnesses it all, and writes it all down in the journal her brother gave to her.

But when she finds out what ahs happened to her brother, she must gather up all her courage and face the world as best as she can.
4.0 out of 5 stars really good condition 11 Oct 2013
By angie - Published on Amazon.com
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for an older book that is hard to find it was in really good condition! It was a great price as well.
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