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  - jimrgill - LibraryThing

Told from the alternating perspectives of 15 year-old Octavia (an African-American teenager from California) and Mare, her elderly grandmother who enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Section 1
15
Section 2
25
Section 3
30
Section 4
37
Section 5
42
Section 6
49
Section 7
58
Section 8
66
Section 20
191
Section 21
202
Section 22
210
Section 23
222
Section 24
229
Section 25
237
Section 26
244
Section 27
254

Section 9
76
Section 10
91
Section 11
104
Section 12
113
Section 13
121
Section 14
135
Section 15
143
Section 16
152
Section 17
163
Section 18
173
Section 19
182
Section 28
263
Section 29
272
Section 30
280
Section 31
288
Section 32
296
Section 33
303
Section 34
312
Section 35
321
Section 36
333
Section 37
345
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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.