The third book in Nancy Johnson's Civil War triliogy is the YA historical fiction Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars. The novel is set in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and features independent teen Hannah Yeager who is impacted by one of the most difficult battles of the Civil War--the Battle of New Market. Shenandoah is a history lesson, a love story, and a coming of age story. Available in print and ebook.
>Readers will come away from Nancy Johnson's Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars with a strong sense of daily life during Civil War times. Details of the war and the battles are well-researched and vivid. But we also learn about crops, food, conflicting views on slavery, and the loss and anguish felt on the home front. The characters are vivid, including standout Hannah, a strong young woman who anchors her family right through the startling post-war ending.
"Shenandoah, Daughter of the Stars tells the stories of Hannah Yeager, her brother, Willie, and their friend, Charlie Richison as they cope with the destruction of their idyllic world when the American Civil War arrives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It’s an engrossing tale that will absorb young people of junior high on up—and adults, too. If we had more books like this, Americans wouldn’t be so lacking in knowledge of their country’s history."
—Judith Lown, author of A Sensible Lady
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