Elizabeth's War is set on a farm during World War I and tells of how the war affects Elizabeth at home when her father and brother are sent off to battle. Advanced elementary to early middle school readers will find it a short (but pointed) saga of home life during the war from an eleven-year-old's first-person impressions, which immediately presents a tragedy when the retiring Elizabeth doesn't respond to her brother's pleas for help.
How can a girl not used to taking charge, and unable to handle emergencies, be an effective replacement for an authoritative leader on a farm? The story moves beyond portraying World War I's affects on those left behind to investigate the psychological profiles, challenges, and changes brought about by a world's transformation.
Elizabeth goes through the usual childhood experiences, from chicken pox to an evolving, more mature relationship with her mother and older sister. As the world heats up and suffrage movements, romance, and newfound dreams change her family, Elizabeth must accept a new place not only in her own previously-comfortable surroundings, but in a wider changing world; and much as her family is fighting the war abroad, so she struggles with a less defined war right at home.
Her realizations and growth power a compelling read highly recommended for girls in grades 4-6....Continua