Sunday, April 05, 2009

Novel Novel Review

It's that time again. Here's a quick reminder of my rating system

A+--I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book. In most cases, I passed it on to my teen.

A--I enjoyed this book and I might pass it on to my teen.

B--I liked this book, but probably won't pass it on to my teen.

C--I thought it was okay, but I won't pass it on to my teen.

D--I didn't like this book, and won't allow my teen to read it.

F--I hope I never have to go here. =D

I will give reasons for my rating in my review, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you find your book here, don't panic if I rate it below an A. These are my personal preferences and I'm only one small person in a large market. =D

Okay, now here we go.

This is not my usual genre (you all know I'm more of a Fantasy reader/writer), but I have to tell you, I've very much enjoyed stepping outside my comfort zone. This novel is brilliant!

WINNIE'S WAR by Jenny Moss

Rating: A+

Category: Historical Fiction

Age Recommendation: 9+

During the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, Winnie struggles to keep her family and friends safe. But how can she fight something she can't see?

In this time of illness, Winnie learns tough lessons about life, death, and a mother and grandmother she never fully understood.

WINNIE'S WAR kept me reading as I suffered with and cheered Winnie on. With such likeable and relatable characters, Moss pulled me effortlessly into Coward Creek Texas in the fall of 1918. I emotionally connected with Winnie and grew with her as she lived through a terrible time in history.

Through her beautiful prose, Moss brings this little known epidemic out of the past and shares the poignant story of Winnie's life. I will definitely recommend this book to others (including a few history teachers I know), and I look forward to reading future books by Jenny Moss.

 

If you haven't read WINNIE'S WAR, go . . . read . . . enjoy. I have a feeling this won't be the last time I pick up this novel.

Write on!

4 comments:

Bish Denham said...

This is one I've been wanting to read.

Bish Denham said...

Joan, I've nominated you for the Lemonade Stand Award. Cheers to you.

Amy said...

Ooo, thanks for the recommendation! I've always loved historical fiction. I've already added it to my goodreads.com list. :)

just Joan said...

It's definitely worth the read, Bish and Amy!

Hmmm . . . Lemonade Stand Award? I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Bish.