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Two Girls of Gettysburg

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,177 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Lizzie and Rosanna are cousins. But when the Civil War breaks out, Lizzie finds herself committed to the cause of the Union, while Rosie is swept up in the passions of the old south. Torn in their alliances, each girl finds herself grappling with the brutality of war, and the elusive promise of love, until the battle at Gettysburg brings them together once agin.
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Two Girls of Gettysburg was fairly slow and didn’t start getting interesting until half-way through the book. The book was way too long for it just to end after the Battle of Gettysburg. (I would have enjoyed the book even if it just was about the Battle of Gettysburg period.) The book really took off just before Battle of Gettysburg and proved itself a recommendation.
I really enjoyed Lizzie’s side of the stor
Jan 22, 2009 Z rated it liked it
Interesting, for the historical context if nothing else. I found some of the character development hard to believe, but I did enjoy seeing how women's lives could have been during the American Civil War.
Sep 06, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Well, 3.5 stars.

So, I was writing up a content text set on the Civil War, and decided to add this book. While I was bored after I finished my work and waiting for class, I decided to just read it. I was pleasently surprised that I enjoyed most of it. I had read Cate and the Lost Colony and loved it, but I wasn't as sure of this one.

Lizzie really makes this book. Over two thirds of it is from her perspective, which makes the title misleading, but thank goodness it is. I hate Rosanna. She's a dimw
Mar 31, 2011 Bekah rated it liked it
This book was well-written and researched with lots of "further reading" suggestions in the back and I would recommend it. I just would recommend "Annie Between the States" by L.M. Elliot more. If you enjoy young adult historical fiction this is definitely a good read; it just didn't grab me as much as some others. Also, apparently I'm very picky concerning the level of "hopefulness" I want. One of my recent reviews talked about how the book had too little hope. Well, this one has a bit much. ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Kaitlyn rated it it was ok
As is my tendency, I found that I liked one of the main characters much more than the other. Lizzie I found to be much more my type of person and I preferred her story as well. This made every entry by Rosanna feel like an interuption and often made me skim-read. I imagine that there are those who would prefer her story instead, but I just didn't like her as well.
To be honest, I didn't particularly like this book overall. It wasn't bad, but I'm not that fascinated by the Civil War and I had othe
Feb 22, 2013 Sydney rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, civil-war
awhile ago I was really into the civil war. Something about that era just seemed to fascinate me. But for some reason my interest stopped. It took this book to awaken me once more the the devastating, and critical time in America's history.
I'm so excited that I still love learning about this era, and can't wait to read more books on the civil war.
I'd say this book is one of my favorite books that I've read on the civil war so far. There were a few minor things I didn't like, but overall I loved
Feb 15, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After a slightly slow start and some flat dialogue, I was transported back to Civil War PA, MD, and VA, the three states in which I've lived and to the battles fought there. When people talked to me as I read this book, I had to apologize for my distant expression. "I'm in Gettysburg," I'd explain. I liked the contrast in personalities of Lizzie, the Gettysburg native, and her cousin Rosanna who traveled north from Richmond before marrying a Confederate soldier and nursing rebel soldiers.

The res
Feb 04, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of side stories going on, but they are all relevant to the overall theme of two girls, cousins and best friends, experiencing the Civil War from opposite sides. The story remained interesting, both in its fictional account of the girls, and the telling of the real events of this tumultuous point in America's history. If you know me at all, you know I occasionally (okay, regularly) read ahead in books, spoiling them for myself. I usually stop reading the book at that point, ...more
Maryam Mubeen
Feb 15, 2010 Maryam Mubeen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every girl
Recommended to Maryam by: amazon =D
It is a beautiful and touching story of adventures of two cousins at the time of war against slavery. One girl beautiful, rich and impulsive and the other, poor, late-bloomer and practical. Romantic, exciting and entertaining, it is a story of two girls who grew into women after facing their share of hardships in life.
It made me realize what a blessing it is to born in a world of freedom and equality.
A kind of book that should be included in course readings instead of those stupid "Sidharta" or
Feb 07, 2013 Claire added it
Shelves: english-books
Two Girls of Gettysburg is a book about two girls who are cousins and when the civil war starts they find theirselves siding on different sides. I really liked this book because the way the author did the book it is just not one girl talking. After each chapter it switches off between the two girls perspectives. My favorite character is Lizze because she cares about her family and is not so caught up with herself. Rosanna is very caught up in herself and who she will marry. I recommend this book ...more
Apr 30, 2014 FenristheWolf rated it it was amazing
Going into this book, I honestly didn't think it'd turn out to be that good. I had a couple friends who'd started reading this and just couldn't get into it. However, I was surprised to find that I loved it! This book was amazing! I loved the characters, and there were many shocking events that occurred that I didn't see coming! I can't wait to read another book of Lisa Klein's.
Jul 18, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Quick easy read that was fun and a simple review of some of the events leading up to the battle at Gettysburg. I'm a sucker for historical fiction!
Oct 29, 2016 Susannah rated it really liked it
I think this is my favorite of Klein's books. Although I thought the start was a little slow, I liked the way the story was fully grounded in everyday life before the Civil War really got going. Discussions of slavery and racism felt honest if a little too polished, and the historical accuracy of the battle and trajectory of the war were on point. Even minor characters were well-conceived.
Oct 17, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2016
[3.5 stars]
Jun 30, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
I won this book years ago but never gave it a read. When I realized that it was the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg though, I knew exactly what book I wanted to pick up to commemorate that occasion. As someone who grew up in Pennsylvania, I actually had a class trip to Gettysburg one year; sadly my big memory is that my bus broke down and we didn't spend much time there. I'd love to go back and visit now as an adult with a greater appreciation for the history.

This book actually beg
Sierra Abrams
When Lizzie’s cousin Rosanna moves to Gettysburg, they become the best of friends. While Lizzie is plain with no gorgeous looks to boast of, Rosanna is beautiful, with lovely brown hair and a pretty face; their personalities could not be more different. But this does not stop them. They are best friends for the world to see, a Northern girl with her Southern cousin as a best friend. But when circumstances cause Rosanna to return to the South – and there become a wife and nurse to those in need ...more
Heidi Turnquist
Nov 11, 2011 Heidi Turnquist rated it liked it
Two Girls of Gettysburg is about two cousins, Rosanna and Lizzie. At the beginning of the book they both live in Gettysburg. Rosanna is originally from Virginia but is living with her sister Margaret. Margaret does not agree with her parents ideas about slavery and such and that is why she moved away, while Rosanna still clings to her traditional Virginian ideas. Lizzie is more unionist but becomes fast friends with Rosanna anyway. When they start enlisting for the civil war in Gettysburg ...more
Aug 15, 2013 May rated it really liked it
Lizzie and her cousin Rosanna are best friends. They both live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, though Rosanna is originally from Richmond, Virginia. One day, they find their worlds up-turned by the start of the Civil War. Lizzie, a firm believer in ending slavery, is committed to the Union. Rosanna, a romantic with a Confederate sweetheart, runs back to Richmond. Both are loyal to their countries, and believe in their respective causes. But how can the two cousins remain friends when war and ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book is simply amazing!

When I first glanced at Two Girls of Gettysburg, I thought that I wouldn't like it, especially after people telling me that it was too "boring" to get through. Still, I decided to give it a try. And whoa, I'm glad I did! This is one of those situations where someone would say, 'don't judge a book by it's cover'.

I was hooked after the first chapter, and after finishing it, I am proud to say that I love historical fiction! I think that everyone should read historic
Ashley W
I didn't really have high expectations of this book when I started it, but I ended up really enjoying it. This historical YA novel tells the story of cousins Lizzie Allbauer and Rosanna McGreevy as they survive the first two years of the Civil War on either side (Lizzie is for the Union, Rosanna is for the Confederacy) and culminates with the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. It was very well written and it pulled me into the world of 1860s Pennsylvania.

Lizzie was definitely my favorite of
Dec 18, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
I read this book on a whim, I was looking at Borders for something interesting to read and the title of this book immediately caught my eye. I was obsessed with Gettysburg at the moment because of a report I had done on the battle itself. I would have probably still picked it up because I cannot not read a civil war historical fiction! But even if I hadn't liked Gettysburg or the civil war, I still think I would have loved this book!

Lizzie was by far my favorite character, she was strong and har
Jul 27, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
So as I was trying to find "Phantom of the Opera" for my 9 year old at the local. I seriously walked past this book and all I saw was the spine. I don't know how it caught my eye but it did. I have not read a historical fiction from the Civil War. And I am so glad I found it. This is a YA book, but it was so well researched and well written that I lost myself in the book. Even a bunch of the characters were based on real people in this book, just the names were changed. I know the Civil War as a ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Allbauer lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1861, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. When her sixteen-year-old cousin Rosanna McGreevey comes to visit from Virginia, Lizzie thinks the girls couldn't be more different. Lizzie is shy and doesn't feel she is pretty, while Rosanna is beautiful, outgoing, and flirtatious. However, the two girls develop a friendship. When war breaks out, Lizzie's father and brother enlist in the Union Army, and Rosanna returns to ...more
Gr 6-9-In 1861, the Confederacy has just declared its independence from the Union, but life goes on much as usual in the quiet town of Gettysburg. Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Allbauer and her cousin Rosanna, recently arrived from Virginia, have big plans to attend the Ladies' Seminary together in the fall. Then Lizzie's father and brother enlist in the Union army and she must stay home to help her mother run the family butcher shop. Rosanna flees back to Richmond after a Gettysburg beau is killed in ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Soumya rated it it was amazing
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Aug 19, 2009 Telka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-summer-09
Two Girls of Gettysburg is about these two girls who are cousins. One girls name is Rosanna and the other, Lizzie. they love each other very much. The Civil War is going on in this time period. Rosanna decides to serve for the Confederate army, because her parents live in Richmond, Virginia. As for Lizzie, her brother and father are fighting for the Union army, so she and Rosanna go different ways. This book shows how hard it would be to be living in these times. With a little bit of romance, ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Traci rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy history mingled with fiction
The only reason I only gave 3 stars is because this isn't my usual style of book that I read. I tend to read fantasy. Plus, it is also a slower read for me but I still very much enjoyed it. I enjoy books of all genres and especially enjoyed diving into the depths of the civil war through the eyes of two young cousins. Rosanna and Lizzie become best of friends when they find themselves both living in Gettysburg as the civil war unfolds. Lizzie being from the north and Rosanna from the south ...more
Maia B.
This is a story of two girls on opposite sides of the Civil War - one a Northerner staunchly against slavery, one a Southerner who believes in the Confederacy and its values. It's a fascinating set-up - the two girls are cousins, and they're on different sides of the same argument. Nevertheless, their friendship pulls through.

But the writing is extremely heavy, not to mention occasionally no better than an elementary student's clumsy words. (Seriously, have you ever heard someone say something l
Bridget R. Wilson
Lizzie and Rosanna are two cousins on the brink of womanhood when the war between the North and the South starts. They both live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but Rosanna is from Richmond, Virginia.

When her father and brother join the army, Lizzie finds herself with plenty to do. The family's butcher shop is loosing money. Instead of attending the ladies' seminary to become a teacher, Lizzie finds herself working in the butcher shop.

After the death of a boy she thought she loved, Rosanna returns
Amber Bush
Dec 04, 2014 Amber Bush rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642

Klein, L. (2008). Two girls of Gettysburg. Bloomsbury USA Children’s.

South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award


This book follows two main characters, one from the North and one from the South. They are both the same age and are cousins, but more like sisters. The Civil War has come between the two and provided some difficult times for them. While the war may temporarily split them apart, one battle can bring them back. I thought this was an excellent book that cou
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