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The Spy in Crinoline: Antonia Ford's Civil War Paperback – November 3, 2009
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The Fords are a family in the middle of it all, with visitors that include luminaries such as J.E.B. Stuart and Walt Whitman, and friends such as John Mosby and John Esten Cooke. Karla Vernon's painstaking research is apparent, as names, dates, events and even troop movements are documented in a way that enhances rather than detracts from the central story. She quotes liberally from letters to and from Antonia, as well as newspaper articles of the day, giving her story both intimacy and interesting historic perspective.
While the author has obviously taken literary license with the words, thoughts and feelings of her protagonist and other central characters, the story remains true to history. Civil War buffs will enjoy a new perspective on some familiar proceedings, and Fairfax County readers especially will love the descriptions of local places and events.
Antonia is a passionate young woman who waits a long time for the man who awakens her "longing for the forbidden." Girlish speculation with her friends about what sex will be like, some clumsy fumbling with suitors, and one tender love scene make the book slightly too racy for middle schoolers, but I would highly recommend this book for teen girls who think history is "boring." Antonia Ford will change their minds!