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Gentle Annie

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A fictionalized biography of Anna Blair Ethridge, a Union Army nurse.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Anyce Paul-Emile
I thought that this was a touching story of this young women who wanted to help the sick and wounded after she lost so much. This story does have a theme of, do what is write, not what you want.
Hannah
I read this several times when I was ten/eleven/twelve and found the story well told and interesting. I learned some history from it, and was impressed by Annie's heroism and selfless service, as well as those she worked with. I think I may have kept going back to it, though, because I found the ending unsatisfactory. I still felt lost and restless, like Annie could never have real peace and a place of her own again.
The characters are well portrayed, the battles and storyline are clear and easy
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Elisa
I enjoy civil war fiction. This book was pretty good, though I like Sarah Emma Edmond's story better. Also, I hate how writers make their characters meet and, especially, talk to real people. It fells so false. In this story, I am refurring to Kady Brownell. I just HATE that. I felt really awful when Edwin died. Also, if you are going to write historical fiction, you must be acurate, there were several places that weren't quite right. But I might be the only person who recognized this, as I am s ...more
Kiersten
Not terrible. Towards the end it just becomes lists of dates and names that are confusing for elementary age kids, but the story itself is neat.
Shannon Clark
This historical novel about a Civil War nurse made me sob. Truly it did. It brought the solders' deaths to a personal level through the eyes of Annie, a nurse during the civil war who went into the battlefield with the soldiers. In fact, it brought the entire Civil War to a personal level for me.

I have never been a big fan of history-reading and memorizing dry facts that didn't mean anything to me. It's so different when reading a historical fiction book-I feel like I know these people and can f
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Kiersten
I first read this book when I was probably around twelve years old. I still have the old worn copy of the book on my bookshelf. I really enjoyed the book. Even though I come from a family who had relatives fight in the Confederate army and the main character is a Union nurse, I still felt like she is a character who would stick with me. She helped so many soldiers no matter what side they were on. She was so caring and stayed when all the other nurses left. I love to pick up this book and read i ...more
Gian
This is a good book! Anyone interested about nursing must read it.
Keri
Great for middle grade readers who want a quick, easy lesson in Civil War history and important figures like Annie Etheridge. However, for older readers the story lacked the detailed history and emotional depth and plot that other historical novels (especially those by an author like Ann Rinaldi) demonstrate so well.
Michelle
I was reading through one of my old journals and found an entry about this book. I apparently loved it and wanted everyone to read it. I do actually remember reading it are really liking it. It would be nice to re-read now that I am a bit older. But, from my younger self... you must read.
Maggie
oh my god. this was such a great book. i cried when general kearney died cuz he supported annie so much. i was really proud of will actually beinghealthy and safe all through war, but i cried the most when edwin powers died. It actually felt like i was right next to annie when he died.
Jim
Aug 01, 2011 Jim added it
A fictionalized biography of Annie Etheridge, known as "Michigan Annie" or "Gentle Annie", who was a volunteer nurse w/ the 2nd & 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments in the Army of the Potomac from First Bull Run to the Siege of Petersburg. A quick read but worthwhile.
Anne Mallamo
"She was beloved by the men of her regiment, writing letters for them to their loved ones, and comforting them in their pain."


I thought this book was well written for a younger kids book. But I didn't find it to be my kind of reading.
Caralee
This was one of the books that got me interested in historical fiction in 5th grade (I've been reading it ever since). We were assigned to read one book out of five on the civil war era. I read all five because they were all excellent!
Angela
090713. This book is a true story about a young girl who who marched, nursed, and wrote letters for the soldiers during the civil war. It's a middle school read, but it was very interesting.
Emily
this was one of the worst books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the most confusing i wanted to bury it in the backyard and never see it again on a test i got a 6 out of 10 :(
Mshell
We read this out loud for part of our Civil War study. Fairly accurate history, went along with our study perfectly. The kids loved it and it was a very easy read.
Michelle
This was my favorite childhood book and I could not resist adding it to my list, even though I have not read it in over 15 years.
Jackiewolfson
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. Strong female lead for a story set in the Civil War, what could be better? :)
Mackenzie
Jan 30, 2008 Mackenzie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kirsten
Recommended to Mackenzie by: my teacher Mrs.Russel
I love this book it's amazing it's sad that annie's best friends fiance died (he was engaged to sophie) but it's a great book!!!!
Lisa
I think it's a good idea to keep books like this around so that we can always remember how horrifying war is.
Beth Nell
this was one of my favorite books when we were studying the civil war. Annie was my favorite!!!
Melissa
I wish i would've read this book when i was learning about the civil war.
Jenna
The Civil war was so sad, but this is an interesting book.
Nate
Jun 10, 2011 Nate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Read this with my reading group at school.
Sally
Mar 02, 2011 Sally added it
I deffanetly reccomend it.Age9
Letitia
I would rate this 3.5 stars if I could.
Peter
Civil War Nurse.
MaryJo
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