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Winnie's War [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Moss
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Book Description

Life in Winnie's sleepy town of Coward Creek, Texas, is just fine for her. Although her troubled mother's distant behavior has always worried Winnie, she's plenty busy caring for her younger sisters, going to school, playing chess with Mr. Levy, and avoiding her testy grandmother. Plus, her sweetheart Nolan is always there to make her smile when she's feeling low. But when the Spanish Influenza claims its first victim, lives are suddenly at stake, and Winnie has never felt so helpless. She must find a way to save the people she loves most, even if doing so means putting her own life at risk.Winnie's take-charge attitude will empower and inspire readers, as Jenny Moss's lyrical writing beautifully captures the big-time worries of a small-town girl.

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From Publishers Weekly

Winnie has always been confident that she can look out for herself and her two younger sisters, but her abilities are tested when the influenza pandemic of 1918 sweeps through her small Texas town. The turbulent atmosphere pushes people's strengths and weaknesses to the surface, especially those of her withdrawn mother, mysteriously traumatized since a catastrophic hurricane in her childhood. Desperate to find a way to save those they love, Winnie and a friend assume more responsibility than the adults around them. First-novelist Moss brings poetic language to this story, skillfully mirroring the internal pains and afflictions of influenza in the landscape of Texas. As Winnie learns the many ways in which death changes life, she—in sharp contrast to her mother—discovers how to let the good and the sad live side by side. As sorrowful as the subject matter is, the author treats it romantically: she weights the meaningful relationships and the beautiful moments, and lets the losses pass as quickly as they can. Ages 10–14. (Feb.)
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About the Author

JENNY MOSS is a former NASA engineer. She earned a master’s degree in literature and is an adjunct writing instructor at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Winnie’s War is her first novel. She lives with her two teenagers in Houston, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802798195
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PWMG3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winnie's War October 20, 2009
1918: A world war is killing the boys abroad...but at home in Coward Creek, Texas, a feared epidemic is attacking all without discrimination and Winnie is determined to save her family from contracting the deadly Spanish Influenza. Between her controlling, irritable grandmother, her silent father, her traumatized mother, and the possibility of losing her best friend, Winnie has a lot to deal with, but her courage and stubbornness serve her well in her own battle to hold her family together.
Winnie's War is written in a lovely, engaging style, sharing aspects of L. M. Montgomery's or Eleanor Estes' literary qualities. Jenny Moss's portrayal of the era of the First World War was very real and engaging, and her book escaped becoming depressing as one might expect of a book about sickness and death. The plot was fairly simple and some minor secondary characters could have been more developed; however, Winnie herself is a delightful protagonist, very strong and appealing, and the more important secondary characters are unusually complex and believable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! April 14, 2009
Winnie's War is a wonderfully written novel by the fantastic author, Jenny Moss (who is also my aunt). It feels as if you are almost there in Coward Creek, living with this family of six. The mean old grandma, the mother with a sad, mysterious past, the kind father, Winnie's younger sisters, and of course Winnie herself. Though Winnie is afraid of the Spanish Influenza, she is still strong and does everything possible to protect her family and herself. As you read you get lost inside Winnie's head, forgetting your surroundings and sometimes forgetting you are even reading a book. You can't put it down until you finish the very last page!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved Winnie's War! April 18, 2009
Winnie's War is a very engaging story of a young girl trying to make sense of her world. Things are confusing enough and then comes an influenze epidemic that hits fast and hard, affecting some of the people she knows and cares about while missing others. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to who gets sick or who recovers.

Young girls should be able to relate to Winnie, especially in how confused she can be by the behavior of many of the adults in her life. However, along the way, she discovers that love is often expressed and demonstrated in unexpected ways. She is a very lucky young lady.

The author, Jenny Moss, really captures the essence of small town living. Having grown up in Texas myself, I can easily picture the area described. It is nice to be reminded of the values of living in such surroundings. I also find this genre a great way of teaching young - and not so young - people about real things that happened in the past. Makes history a lot more palatable for those who generally won't open a History book. I look forward to more such stories from this talented writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone April 1, 2009
A beautiful coming of age story set during the 1918 influenza epidemic in the small town of Coward Creek, Texas. This book has it all--complicated, interesting characters and relationships, hefty doses of humor and sadness, a riveting plot, and a rich, finely crafted sense of time and place. Young readers will definitely find themselves rooting for Winnie as they grieve and grow with her through the lovely pages of this debut novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, heartfelt historical fiction! March 1, 2009
I had the good fortune to read an ARC of Winnie's War and was swept away by Jenny Moss's story of a small-town Texas girl standing up to try and protect her family from the 1918 influenza epidemic. This is the very best kind of historical fiction - full of rich characters, vividly detailed history, the suspense of a threatening pandemic, and even a touch of romance, in the form of a first-kiss scene that made me smile for weeks after I read it. Teachers, in particular, will want to snatch this one up for their classrooms and school libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching yet hopeful February 9, 2009
WINNIE'S WAR is a poignant story about a girl trying to protect her family and friends from the devastating Spanish Influenza, while struggling to understand her strained relationship with her mother. Winnie is a strong, likable narrator and it's easy to get swept up in her story. There's a lot of sadness along the way, and the book doesn't shy away from the stark reality of living through an epidemic. But the sorrow is balanced by surprising character revelations and a powerful sense of hope. Readers will come away thoughtful and moved.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Winnie's War is the type of book I wish I had read in middle school. With characters that leap off the page in a setting so real (because it is) I learned about a part of history coming alive before my very eyes (Spanish flu vs. Swine flu of today).

Through a child's eyes, we learn how how pwerless turns to hope as she tries to find solutions to her problems, some of them even larger than herself.

Jenny's soft lyrical words blow into your heart and remain there long after you close the book. A must read for for the young and the young at heart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Winnie` war review July 2, 2014
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Enjoyed! Good presentation of Winnie`s feelings and worries.
Kept my interest . The story flowed.
Star rating would be a five stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine
It was a good book if you really like the older tipes of books. Jenny did a good job expressing Winnys feelings.
Published 14 months ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this READ
Good book. Keeps my interest I love to read and may even read it again. Love the books you put out such a variety!
Published 16 months ago by Sharon Wynn
4.0 out of 5 stars A child's view of the 1917 flue epidemic.
It was a interesting view of the 1917 flu from the eyes of a child. This book reminded me of the stories of the flu by my grandmother.
Published 16 months ago by scared reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book was extremely easy to understand. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read about fictional past history.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Winnie's war, the story of a young girl's way of coping with enormous...
Winnies' War is a moving story about a dysfunctional family. Her mom shows no interest in her, and her grandmother is bossy and critical of her most of the time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Argie Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel about the 1918 Flu Epidemic
Winnie is an amazingly mature 12 year-old who finds herself taking care of her ill siblings and mother while also being a pre-teen, with all the emotions and struggles that... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Esther B. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars a real hits you in the heart read
i loved this book!! but i always look a good historical read thi story is told from the point of view of a young girl through the influenza outbreak she stole my heart as she... Read more
Published 19 months ago by stubby jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Winnie's War
Having heard the premise of the story for tweens was basically a historical novel, I was curious since I lived in the decade following the time period of the piece. Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by G. L. Suffredini
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