Virginia's Civil War Diaries: Book One: My Brother's Keeper: 1 (My America) Paperback – 1 May 2002
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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.
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. (...)
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.