1. What did I like about the Book?
I love history and especially the civil war. I loved reading this book through the eyes of a young girl. It was interesting to see how she viewed the war. It was also interesting learning about the "quadroons". I had never heard about that part of the war. I like reading about stories you don't learn in school. It was an interesting perspective that you get to see through Lilly and through Daulphine. This story opens your mind to how terrible the war was and how son's fought against fathers and so many women were left to raise their families. Also the different side of Black women that were the mistresses of wealthy plant owners. To see how the war affected them and what they did to protect their children. I also like how he starts the book by the grandson of lilly telling the story, he is taking a trip with his father to visit their grandparents and then it cuts to Lilly, a fifteen old girl telling the story of how her life changed, then the story ends with the grandson and father leaving his grandparents and how that trip changed his life. I never saw the ending coming. I really enjoyed this book.
2. What did I dislike about this book?
Nothing. I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down
3.What connections did I make with the book?
I connected with Lilly, as a fifteen old girl, I too have a brother that is only 15 months older than me. People always thought we were twins. He left right out of high school to join the Navy and now is still serving his country over in Afganistan. I felt sometimes like my parents were always so proud of him and he could never do wrong. That didn't bother me very much because I love him so much and am so proud of him. I thought if I had the chance too, I would go over there and help him if he were to get sick and I would love to bring him home. She comments in the book how she had to grow up after going to get her brother. She was no longer a little girl. I can't imagine being that age and having to see the horrors of war. She was so innocent before Dalphine and Calinda came and how they changed her life. She saw how mean people were, and how war affected people, and how her mother changed.
4. How I will use this book in my classroom?
I will use this book in a social studies class, when studying the civil war. I think this will help open students eyes to what children went through during the war. The book also talks a lot about different battles along the mississippi river. Which we could relate to our studies of battles in the civil war. It shows the horror that goes along with war, all the sickness and death that fell upon so many men. Also they will see how young boys left to go fight for their country and sometimes even fought against their own family. I think this book really shows how the country split and how people treated eachother. This is a great book to help students see the tradegy of war and how it affected lifes of young people. It will also open their eyes to the untold stories of the civil war. The "quadroons" a story that isn't in textbooks.
I am a big fan of historical fiction and this one kept my interest from the start. Going back & forth in time, the historically accurate story is told by a grandson 50 years after the fact as he describes how a beautiful but mysterious woman from New Orleans sails into Illinois on a steam boat to escape the Civil War. She is not what she seems...
Another reviewer wrote of this book that, among other things, it describes the "female Civil War experience." It does, and explores other little known aspects of southern culture. Maybe that's the reason I was so fascinated. Oh, and there's a really funny scene involving a corset.