Friday, October 9, 2009

Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

"It's just a sporty red car parked across our driveway, but when I see it,
my stomach plummets.

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Abstract: Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 341 pages


Teresa said...

Davis does an outstanding job of not only writing realistically about "now," "then" and family/friend relationships in her chapters of Mare sharing her story of her past with her grandchildren, but she also provides information about a too little known portion of history, the African American battalion of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

I especially appreciate how Davis tied in the postcard writing element of "now" to show the relationships between the girls and their mom and their friends as well as the importance of letters during the "then."

tanita✿davis said...

Hey, thanks a lot! I loved writing this book, and am glad you enjoyed it.