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Winnie's War Hardcover – February 3, 2009

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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 The turbulent atmosphere pushes people's strengths and weaknesses to the surface, especially those of her withdrawn mother, mysteriously traumatized since a catastrophic hurricane in her childhood.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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802798195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802798190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 entails.
Winnie's battles for independence from her domineering grandmother, for acceptance from the "right" girls in her school, a pre-teenlove affiair, as well as her trying to understand her emotionally damaged mother make for a number of interesting sub-plots.
I enjoyed reading it, but think it would be most suitable for teen-agers.
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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. She is bullied in school, though she does have one close friend, Tillie. Then a severe flu epidemic hits and kills her mom, best friend, and many others. It is interesting to see how she copes with all these difficulties.
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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 worried about her sisters staying healthy and alive. a young girl who feels its her responsibility to keep her siblings safe this is one that stuck with me you wont regret reading it!!!
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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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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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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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