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Annie, Between the States

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,219 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Annie Sinclair's Virginia home is in the battle path of the Civil War. Her brothers, Laurence and Jamie, fight to defend the South, while Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers. When she develops a romantic connection with a Union Army lieutenant, Annie's view of the war broadens. Then an accusation calls her loyalty into question. A nation and a heart divided force ...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published October 26th 2004)
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Sara E
With war come many casualties. Whether they are actual deaths, or just an end in some way, the casualties are unavoidable. This is proven to Annie Sinclair, a half-Irish Virginian girl during the Civil War. The theme of this book, along with the characters and setting make for a fascinating read. L.M. Elliot’s Annie between States draws the reader into a Civil War world unknown to many.

First of all, the theme of this book really gives the reader something to think about. With the war comes conf
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Laura
This book was excellently done. I was actually very surprised at the quality of the work; Elliott drew from real people and events as she created the fictional character Annie which gave it the 'this really happened' feel. Elliot also did an excellent job analyzing the cause of the war (the southern states' Constitutional rights being violated) instead of focusing on the slavery issue (which was really dragged into the war only after Lincoln saw that it was unavoidable not to do so). This book w ...more
Lizabeth
Oct 24, 2008 Lizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All of my friends- heaven help them get it from me! :)
This book is my all time favorite. not even Harry Potter is picked up when I'm reading it... again! This book seems to know exactly what you need to pick you up- smiles, laughs, and even a little romance;) Be ready to hold your breath as Jamie hides in a celler or as Laurance marches off to battle. This book shows that yes, women have allways had a back bone.
Nikki Rae
This isn't your grandfather's Civil War.



Annie Between the States isn't the Union/Confederate soldier, my side's right, I'm going to kill the rest of you kind of book. Rather than bore us to death with the same story line that, in my opinion, has been overused, overappreciated, and unrefined in the past, Annie, Between the States comes from behind the eyes of an average teenage girl from that time. She doesn't sneak into battle to save a loved one, nor does she do any amazing medical work that re
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Rebecca
Annie, Between the States is an excellent book, and one that I would recommend to anyone from history buffs to even younger readers! Although it is Scholastic, I would be cautious allowing younger children to read this book, as L. M. Elliot does not hold back on any gruesome details. It is very historically correct, and an overall great read.
Kim
Feb 01, 2008 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: American History Fans
I love history, but often get intimidated by it because I have a hard time remembering dates etc. I guess that is why I enjoy books where I can tell the author did their research and I know the information I am getting is accurate. Annie, Between the States is one of those books. I really felt like I was back in the Civil War. The great thing about this book is that it explains both viewpoints of the war - - North and South. I really feel like I learned more from this book than I did in most his ...more
Madison H.
This was a wonderful book! I felt the characters were very beautiuflly protrayed and Annie's journey in becoming an adult was written very well. You could read the change in her, she really did feel like a different person.

It was very sad at times but since its about the Civil War that is to be expected. You really felt though the grief and pain of those times. Families being ripped apart, the major lose of life, the prejudces all of it was thoughtfully put.

I was extremely satisfied with this b
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Patti
There is so much information about the Civil War that we just don't ever learn unless we make it a point to study the war. This book is full of intriguing tidbits of history, skillfully woven into a story. Historical figures are intertwined with fictional ones, making the history come alive.
Kendra
This book is one of my favorites! It is in the Civil War time period and what happens to her and her family (along with her love story) :) She as to decide where her loyalties lie and what she is going to do.
Langgw
For my christmas break i was assigned to read a book for my english class and i decided to read Annie, Between the States by Laura Malone Elliott. I choose to read this book because it was recommended to me and i gave it a glance and saw that it was about the Civil War which i really enjoy reading about so therefore i decided to read it.

I believe that the main reason why i think i enjoyed this book was because the other decided to right the book not only from the point of view of a soldier but
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Kelli
This book was sooo amazing!!! I loved every minute of it, and I couldn't put it down!
Tessa
With a high three I really liked this book. I've never heard the Civil War told from a Southerner's position. This book showed that the North was not comprised purely of noble abolitionists or the South of cruel slaveowners. The war wasn't even about slavery. There were honorable and cruel men on both sides of the battlefield. This story told of a family living near the border between North and South and who are consequently caught in the line of fire throughout the war.

I really like how this b
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Haley1
Annie, Between the States Review


My book for English was Annie, Between the States. It is written by L. M. Elliott. The genre of this book is historical fiction. This book takes place during the Civil War and the story starts on July 21, 1861. Inside the book, you won’t just find a love story, but also loss, betrayal, and drama. Ann Sinclair and her family were a Confederate family. They lived in Virginia. Annie’s life was filled with adventure and tension. Annie has a mother, Miriam, and two br
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Amanda
So I was in a Civil War mood after school, and decided to read this book. I loved it back when I read it in 6th grade, and I love it now as well. Annie is such a great character. Usually history classes make it seem like the South were the bad guys. But this book, (and a debate we did in class), opened my eyes to the South's side of the story. They were only protecting their interests and way of life. Annie made me sympathetic to the South's cause. What she decided to do was only because she wan ...more
Ally
Annie, Between the States is actually a great name for this book. Annie, who is a Virginian, lives between the war-torn country. But, like what the author suggest, the title has more than one meaning. Each person will see a different meaning. What I just said a few sentence ago is one of the many ways I see the title.

Anyway, the book itself is quite long. I recommend that you clear up your schedule if you are a slow reader. I manage to finish this four hundred page book in a night and a few per
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M.E.
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Annie, Between the States is about a young Virginian girl whose world is interrupted and turned upside down by the war raging between the states. All the normality of her life vanishes when fighting soldiers invade her family’s home. Due to the brutality of the injuries, she finds herself aiding the wounded. At first she is appalled at what she sees, but as she tends to the injured she begins to see the human faces of those she o
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Laura LeAnn
An excellent historical fiction novel focusing on the story of one young woman coming of age during the Civil War in Virginia. While the novel leaves a bit to be desired regarding the details of battle, this was not the focus of the story and so I could get over that issue with it. As more of a social historian anyway, focusing on the story of Annie and how she and her family deal with the issues raised by the war was more interesting to me than the details of the battle. Setting the story in Vi ...more
Jori Richardson
In Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Annie Sinclair's life changes as the Civil War overtakes her home. Loyal to her beloved state, Annie never doubts her Confederate loyalties until she begins to fall in love with a young Union lieutenant.

I don't make any effort to hide the fact that I absolutely loathe the Civil War. Maybe it's because I spent most of my childhood and teenage years in Richmond, Virginia, where discussion of the Civil War was akin to starting a heated political discussion in which
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Amelia
I loved this book! You could say I am a feminist, but I can't stand it when authors try to put a modern twist on history by making their characters too feminist; the story always ends up being too sappy and unrealistic. However, Ms. Elliot created our heroine, Annie, a tomboy at heart, but didn't over exploit this trait. The "tomboy" trait really was only that Annie had the natural Virginian instinct: The love of horse riding.
Ms. Elliot also accuratly gave her a remarkable southern attitude. In
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Shelly
This book had a lot going against it (as far as my preferences are concerned), so this may not be a fair review. I don't love historical fiction. I have a great appreciate for concise literature. I don't love to read young adult stuff. And I hate war. So four knocks against it before I even started reading. But the book club selects, and therefore I read.

For historical young adult fiction in the 400+ page range, this is okay. I'd have probably liked, but not loved, it had a read it as a 13 year
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Libby Ames
This really is excellent historical fiction and deserves 4 stars for the depth of history. However, I felt the story was a little slow, especially at first, for young adult readers who appreciate faster paced reading.

Annie Sinclair has enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous life on her family’s estate in Virginia, but when the Civil War begins her home is caught in the line of battle. Her oldest brother Laurence joins the Confederate soldiers and her younger brother Jamie longs to be old enough to jo
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Debbie
The main character is a teenage girl living in Northern Virgina during the Civil War. The first thing I liked about this book was that she kept mentioning places I read/hear about every day, even though I'm in Maryland: Manassas, Falls Church, Alexandria, Warrenton, etc. I don't know why I get such enjoyment from coming across places I know in books. Maybe I feel like it makes a connection between the author and me.

This is a coming-of-age story of a girl living with war literally in her backyard
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Tracy
I can't say enough good things about this book. engaging and wonderfully written- I couldn't put it down-even the second time around. I liked that Annie's character painted a more realistic view of the war. She wasn't a die-hard Unionist or Rebel. She simply wanted to save her home and family. Sadly, a lot of the characters go through unfortunate changes throughout the novel. Annie herself in the beginning is basically your stereotypical Southern Belle and then grows into the head of the family ...more
Teagan A.
I really loved this book. It was a nice calm read, but still a little exciting! I loved Annie's bravery throughout the story. It was a change of pace from the books I usually read. I thought it was interesting how it was written from the southern point of view, usually (at least the books I've read) the story is told from the point of view of a Northerner (Union). This book was rich with historical facts and stories. I think it was very well written and wasn't too dry.
Sarah Schwarze
I LOVED this book. I haven't ready many historical fiction books that take place during the Civil War, which is why I chose this one, and I was not disappointed. It was wonderful. I love the courage and determination Annie shows throughout the whole book. When tragedy strikes, she stands tall and does her best to be strong and take care or her family. Any girl with a lack of confidence should read this book and learn from Annie's example. No matter who or where we are, it's possible to show cour ...more
Cassy
Annie, Between the States is a riveting tale of a young Southern girl who lives through the pain and horrors of the Civil War. Raised with her two brothers by a gentle, lady-like mother, Annie grows up amid the adventure and intrigue surrounding General Jeb Stuart, a flashy confederate general, and Mosby, a guerrilla fighter. Caught up in a crush on Jeb, Annie doesn't expect or welcome the attentions of Thomas Walker, an intelligent but infuriating Union soldier.

Although Annie idolizes the Conf
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kris
Things I love: historical fiction! young adult novels! romance despite opposition!

Using that equation, this book should have been solid-gold, A+, good-times-for-all reading.

It was not.

This book suffered from being the love child of a text-book. While all the historical facts were there (and explained in patient, dry-routed tones of reverence), the characters themselves were never brought to life. If you were to remove all the narration covering battle outcomes and troop movements and descript
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Melissa
A good picture of the uncertainty of life in the border states during the Civil War. Closer look at J.E.B. Stuart that offers a picture of his status in the South especially. Annie is a protagonist that it is easy to connect to, through her thoughts and actions.
Barbara
I really enjoyed the story and the historical facts included in the book. Amazing that VA had more battles than any other during the Civil War. I liked the love story and the story about the siblings and their relationships
Melyssa
Oooh! I really liked this one. Annie is a caring and believable heroine and you genuinely feel for her. Having witnessed her first battle at Manassas at only 15, Annie is childish and overwhelmed... Throughout the book (and throughout her blunders) and the following war experiences, I could see Annie grow up.

I am a romantic at heart, so... my favorite was just the romaticism of the time period. Big petticoats, woman with ivory and lace fans, young gentleman officers in their dashing uniforms wi
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L. M. Elliott is author of the young adult (YA) historical novels: Under a War-torn Sky, a Notable Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, winner of Border’s Original Voices Award for YA Literature, and a finalist for the Iowa, PA, SC, and MD state teen literature awards; Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library B
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