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Avery's Battlefield Paperback – March 18, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Avery's Battlefield Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Avery's (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: JourneyForth (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606821717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606821718
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Tureson on July 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the kind of book I would have devoured as a young kid (tween and teen years). Taking place during the Civil War years, the main character being a teenage boy who went adventuring. This is the story of Avery Junior Bennet, he leaves his home at the start of the Civil War to go find his Uncle to bring him back to his Aunt who is expecting their first child. The reason Avery decides to do this is because both his father and older brother are gone, and he feels compelled as the Man of the house to protect his aunt, very noble feelings and one I think are good. During Avery's travels he utilizes the medical skills his mother has taught him his whole life, he has a talent for medicine and his grandfather was one of Boston's great doctors. So Avery makes himself indispensable and ends up working in a hospital in Alexandria Virginia, where he asks the wounded soldiers about his uncle. On his way to Alexandria he runs into an old flame of his aunts who is a General and helps ease Avery's way and looks out for the boy to the best of his ability. Eventually Avery finds out about his uncle and then returns to his family. With plans to return to Alexandria the following spring to help out at the hospital and then in the fall to enter a medical school in Richmond.

The characters are likable, and with the exception of sending a 14/15 year old boy out into the world during a war, fairly realistic. I like the fact that Avery and his family were not perfect, they exhibited human emotions like fear, anger and temper. But they also were shown trying to master those emotions, to always try to do your best, and to realize that when times are at the worst to not forget prayer.
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Avery's Battlefield by Deanna Klingel is a great Civil War book that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. I really enjoyed the book. I think the Civil War time is fascinating and sad all in one.

Avery's father and brother join the army even though they are Quakers and fighting is against their belief. Avery goes to war to hunt for his uncle since his aunt is expecting their first child. He becomes a doctor in the army since his mother and grandfather had the experience of nursing and doctoring and passed that on to him. You will have to read the book to find out what he found out about his uncle.

During his doctoring experience he meets an acquaintance he had during childhood. She becomes his assistance. I am looking forward to reading the follow up book to this one called Avery's Crossroads to see what their relationship becomes if anything. I felt that the story was dropped at this point but it may be picked up in the following book. I look forward to reading that book.

The author does have at the end of the book some of the true facts in the book. Quite a bit of the story was true.

This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
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This was a wonderful book concerning the era of the Civil War. Well written and giving some insight to the Times. It gives insight to those students of the junior high age group with appropriate subject matter and language. Nevertheless it is nice reading even for adults. It would be excellent additional reading for students for students while studying that period of our history.
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Avery lives with his family and his dog, Gunner, on a farm in Virginia. When the Civil War begins, Avery's father and elder brother are drawn away from home, despite their Quaker heritage of not taking up arms. Avery is left to care for his mother. When his aunt comes to stay and informs them that she is with child, Avery feels that he should seek out his uncle and bring him home. He and Gunner set out on a journey through a land where the fighting has just begun.

I enjoyed this book. I had a hard time understanding Avery's motivation to leave home to fetch his uncle. This made no sense to me. Back then, a young man like Avery would never have left his mother and pregnant aunt alone, especially when his father set him in charge. It would have been his duty to care for the women, especially when bandits were around.

The story was still entertaining. I liked Avery's sweet, caring disposition. This was a very creative way to tell a story about the Civil War. The book ended so abruptly I was shocked. But I went online and found out that there is a sequel that likely picks up right where this book left off. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy historical reads and for students looking to learn some things about the Civil War.
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A 14 yr old Avery from Virgina begins his journey as a boy. Through witnessing the atrocities of war first hand and staying true to his beliefs he is forced to become a man. The underlying theme of doing the right thing is sometimes the hardest thing of all to do is a great reminder for all. I especially enjoyed reading about the ingenuity used by people of that period. The main characters are well defined and at times I could see Gunner the dog in my minds eye running through the hospital encouraging the patients. This book is an enjoyable read for young and old. I can't wait for the next one!
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