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It Took a War Paperback – December 12, 2014
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About the Author
Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. She's the author of IT TOOK A WAR, RESIST, and co-author of AIN'T WE GOT FUN.
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Best for Ages: 10 – 18
It is always a pleasure to find books my fellow homeschool graduates have written in my favorite genre, historical fiction. It is also a delight to find someone who has such a passion that they do a huge amount of research and make the book feel authentic.
This story is perfect to introduce young readers and students to the Civil War as well as concepts of forgiveness and problems of bitterness. Not only does the style and wording lend itself to younger readers, the story itself is about young people.
The characters were likable and believable. They each have their own struggles and lessons that need to be learned. Joe, the focus of the story, deals with being bitter at his cousin, Lucas, who has been a problem ever since he moved in.
The story isn’t long at all (it is about 160 pages) and moves quickly. In fact, the downside to this book is that it moved a little too quickly toward the end. However, I think that most readers won’t mind.
The lessons to be learned, and the historical backdrop that is painted, are worth the time it takes to read. The lessons will encourage young hearts in their faith, and the historical details will spark their interest in history.
I highly recommend this book to homeschool students, young people, and to history lovers.
~Sarah E. Brown
Author & Educator
The internal/external conflict was perfectly played out in all the characters.
I really liked all of them. And I want to know what happens with Coralie and Levi!!!
If I didn’t know that this was the author’s debut novel, I never would have guessed it. The writing style is beautiful and I was completely drawn in from page one.
About halfway through, this story really took off and didn’t let me put it down. It was amazingly good!
One this I really loved about this book is all the little details that the author threw in. It totally made the book. The author obviously spent a lot of time researching for this novel, and it is easy to see the difference it made.
The focus was on the characters and their struggles, rather than on the war. The war was real enough that you knew it was there and felt the pain and the suffering, but it did not overpower the rest of the story and the lesson that the author skillfully wove in.
At the beginning of the book, I did not like Lucas at all! And there were times I wanted to reach into the book and give Joe and Coralie a good shaking! But the author did a great job of helping these two resolve their problems and the ending was spectacular!
There were times the story moved a bit too quickly for me to grasp exactly what was going on, but overall, Emily did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed this book.
It Took A War offers a realistic and poignant look at the Civil War, an excellent family read.
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