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Gr 6-8–In the summer of 1863, Tacy Stryker and the other residents of Gettysburg prepare for the Confederate Army's offensive. While her two oldest brothers and her father are serving in the Union Army, the 14-year-old and her mother have been left in the care of her 21-year-old brother. David resents the leg injury that caused the militia to reject him and takes out much of his bitterness on his younger sister. As the Rebels begin to occupy Gettysburg, Tacy's friend Marvelous, daughter of free Negroes, whose family is one of at least 400 “darkies” living there, comes to stay with the Strykers. When a Confederate soldier threatens to sell Marvelous into slavery, only the kindness of the commanding officer prevents her from being taken. Pa comes home from the front soon after with news of the terrible battle and the bodies waiting to be buried. When he is too ill to return to the field hospital, David and Tacy go in his place to help with the identification and burial. What seemed to be a safe way of assisting turns deadly when the brother of one of the buried turns up to claim him and David will not allow the man to illegally dig up the corpse. Unlike Lisa Klein's Two Girls of Gettysburg (Bloomsbury, 2008), which focuses more on the months leading up to the event, the attention here is on the battle and its aftermath. Despite stilted dialogue, Rinaldi's extensive research brings a piece of history to life, and her fans will not be disappointed.–Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Tacy lives in Gettysburg, and her pa and two older brothers are serving on the Union side of the Civil War. Another brother, David, cannot enlist because of a crippled leg, leaving him distant and bitter. With the Rebs moving closer, Tacy fears not only for her family but for her dear friend Marvelous, an African American girl. Taking place over a few weeks in 1863, The Last Full Measure captures the Battle of Gettysburg and its immediate aftermath through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl on the cusp of womanhood. Rather than a political statement or a gory battle, this lyrical novel personalizes the war, showing the risks of friendship with free blacks, terrifying nights of shelling, and the grief and pain of loss. A beautiful blend of hope and tragedy, with a heroine reminiscent of Fanny in Rinaldi’s The Coffin Quilt (1999), this novel once again shows the author’s skill at giving historical events flesh and heart. Grades 6-9. --Melissa MooreSee all Editorial Reviews
Tracy Stryker and family are living and fighting in Civil War.her father a surgeon, her mother helped as a nurse while two brothers fought for the north and David with a crippled... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Liz Hanley
The book arrived in excellent condition. We love reading Ann Rinaldi's books. She always captures the heart of whatever she is writing about.Published on August 27, 2013 by Lynette Kay Bowen
This was my first time reading Ann Rinaldi and I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed this book! Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
In the summer of 1863, fourteen year-old Tacy Stryker is not ready for the changes that are in store for her family and friends. The Confederate army has taken over her town. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by L.Davis
I picked this book hoping for a new take on the often-told events of Gettysburg, and was not disappointed. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by SB
Tacy lives with her family in Gettysburg, PA. Her oldest brothers, Brandon and Joel, serve in the Union army and her father is a doctor in the field hospital. Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by cheryl c malandrinos
Fourteen-year-old Tacy Stryker lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the period of the American Civil War and she is present when the Battle of Gettysburg... Read more
The year is 1863, and war has engulfed the country. Fourteen-year-old Tacy Stryker is facing the biggest challenges of her young life as the armies of the North and the South... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Teen Reads
The Last Full Measure is one of the latest in Ann Rinaldi's considerable list of historical fiction. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Tiger