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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • 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: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a child in a small town in the 50's. It was a time when kids amused themselves with paper, scissors, magazines, paste, crayons, and books, while listening to the radio. That's when I wrote and illustrated my first books, lacing the pages together with shoe strings. Writing wasn't something I dreamed of doing "when I grow up;" it was something I was already doing. I wrote plays for my classmates, wrote for the school newspapers, yearbook, tons of letters of correspondence with relatives and pen pals. I recently found a yellowed poem I wrote for the Michigan State University newspaper. Don't remember it, but there it is! After I had kids (7) I wrote puppet plays and stories for them, edited school newsletters, and projects, plays and news for Scouts and church. I wrote all the time. I made scrapbooks, diaries and kept journals. I hadn't figured out that I was a writer, or an author. That didn't happen until after the children were grown and I began writing travel books for grand children. Then one day it happened. I woke up and said, "I have a story in my head, and I think it wants to be a book. I guess I'll try to write a book."
Visit my personal website at www.booksbydeanna.com.

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Good reading for young adults and old adults alike.
Lori Anne
This is a great book,combining an entertaining story with well-researched historical fact.
Christine J. Pierson
This was a wonderful book concerning the era of the Civil War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Anne on June 29, 2011
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A great example of historical fiction. Good reading for young adults and old adults alike. Can't wait for the next installment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BMR on September 2, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grammy Pammy on August 9, 2011
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This is a book for young and old alike. I am a 70-yr. old grandmother of 14, who just happened to be born in WV, so all of Avery's geography was familiar to me. My grandfather was a farmer, and the story was very true to his way of life and his moral values. I plan to read it to 2 of my granddaughters who will be visiting me for a week this summer. I know they will love the story, and I think it will give them an idea of where I lived as a young girl. This book is very well written, and I plan to give it, and the author's next book, Avery's Crossroad, to all of my teen grandchildren for Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal22 on August 9, 2011
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Great read for interested adults as well as teens. If you care about history and the lack there of in courses for schools. Give this book to your children and grandchildren. Without a knowledge of history we are committed to make some of the same mistakes in the future. Very appealing story about the Civil War. Can't wait for the next one!
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