Mare's War

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 341 pages
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Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women's Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters--two willful teenagers in their own rite--on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare's flippy wigs and stilletos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.

Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces readers to a larger-than-life character and a fascinating chapter in African American history.

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User Review  - eheinlen - LibraryThing

This was a wonderful book. I loved the way that the chapters switched between the past and the present. I also loved how the book told the past from a voice that is not usually heard, especially not in school or textbooks. Wonderful, wonderful book. Read full review

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User Review  - KarenBall - LibraryThing

2010 Coretta Scott King Honor Book"Aunt Josephine always says that running away from home was the best thing Mare ever did. You grandmother changed the world."Wish Goodreads had the image of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

In addition to Mare's War, Coretta Scott King Honor winner TANITA DAVIS has written one other YA novel for Knopf, A la Carte. She was inspired to write Mare's War while researching her family's history: "I discovered an America I had never seen," said Davis, and it is that America her book brings to life.