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ReviewA trip across the United States with their grandmother Mare for a family reunion has teens Tali and Octavia dreading the summer. However, when Mare starts telling stories of her difficult childhood and her time as a soldier in the army, the girls discover there is much more to their grandmother than they expected. The novel follows parallel stories as Mare recounts her experiences as an African American woman in the army during World War II to her granddaughters. Along with offering an in depth look at a little discussed demographic of World War II, the novel also compares and contrasts the two time periods: that of Mare’s time during World War II, and that of Tali and Octavia’s modern time. The dialogue is smooth and engaging, and flows very naturally. There is a distinct evolution of Octavia and Tali during the novel, and the argumentative attitudes they display at the beginning of the novel mature as the piece progresses. Teens may relate easily to the two main characters as well as the young and rebellious Mare. Issues approached that may be relevant to teens include family relations, abuse, African American history, racism, and generational differences.
Available in the YA section under YAF Davi
Here is a training video that women watched after joining the military during WW2.
Mare’s War. Tanita S. Davis. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 341 pages. (Hardcover). ISBN 0-375-85714-0. Ages 12-18. English.
Learn about women in the military during WW2!
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Mare's War won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for 2010!