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Turn Homeward, Hannalee (Hannalee #1)

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During the closing days of the Civil War, plucky 12-year-old Hannalee Reed, sent north to work in a Yankee mill, struggles to return to the family she left behind in war-torn Georgia. "A fast-moving novel based upon an actual historical incident with a spunky heroine and fine historical detail."--School Library Journal. Author's note."There are few authors who can consiste ...more
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Published June 21st 1999 by HarperCollins (first published 1984)
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Oct 27, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: primary, fiction
Since I use the novel, Charley Skedaddle in one of my classes, I was intrigued to find that Patricia Beatty has written other books dealing with young people during the Civil War. While my students want a sequel to Charley Skedaddle, there is not one. So, I'm on a journey to read her other novels of this genra. In this particular novel, Hannalee lives a few miles north of Atlanta. Even at her young age, she works in a mill that makes cloth for Confederates. When the Union soldiers come into the ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Our family enjoyed this book as a fun read-aloud. It really made the kids think about life during the Civil War for all the poor Southerners who were just trying to mind their own business and live their lives and how the war effected them. This is the story of one 12 year old girl who is deported North when General Sherman shuts down all the textile mills in order to help force a Northern victory. You get a good sense of the people on both the North and South: both the good, bad, and the ugly. ...more
Anna Amirov
This was a book I read for school (about a month ago). I thought it was enjoyable enough, and I liked it. I don't think the book is exceptional among others, but it does stand out for a few reasons.
What I most liked about this book was the different perspective it provided on the American Civil War. If you know anything about the book, it's from the perspective of Hannalee Reed, a Southern girl. Most of the time, you see something from the Union, and rarely from a character who supporte
Cierra McGee
Oct 22, 2015 Cierra McGee rated it really liked it
My love for this book can not be described properly nor adequately.

This has got to be one of my ultimate favorites from when I was a little girl.

Maybe it's something to do with the fact that it's a young girl having to be strong and stick to wits to find her way back to what she knows best got me.

Fantastic read and I would recommend it.
Sep 10, 2009 Rachel added it
It's about A southern 12 yearold girl named Hanalee. She got taken away from home. Now she's trying to find her way back home. Setting: Around Civil War time
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gr 5-8 180 pgs.

Civil War. When Union soldiers invade the small Georgia milltown where Hannalee Reed and her family live, they accuse the millworkers of being traitors for making material for Confederate uniforms. The soldiers burn the town and force all the millworkers including Hannalee and her younger brother Jem, to Indiana to work as servants to be sent to jail. Hannalee doesn't like either option and disguised as a boy escapes. She finds her brother and together they "turn homeward" and beg
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Hannalee Reed and her family live in the mill town of Roswell, Georgia. When Union troops march into Roswell, they arrest the mill workers for treason against the government of the United States because the mill makes gray cloth for the Confederate army. Hannalee, her brother, Jem, and the rest of the mill workers are transported north as prisoners. Hannalee cuts off her braids and sews them onto a bonnet. She makes Jem wear the bonnet and her petticoat so that the soldiers think he’s a girl. In ...more
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Jun 14, 2009 Ezra rated it liked it
Boy, was this a heartbreaking book. It is about a young girl around 13 years of age who through the civil war is lost from her family. She must now do everything in her power to find them and get back home. This means hiding and running from her enemies such as the yankees since she herslef is from the south. This book was full of great history even though it is a book of fiction. What i liked the most about this book was the main characters personality and determination. She inspired me to be r ...more
Sonia Reppe
It will teach kids about civil war time, but the book is not that exciting. The character Hannalee did not come alive for me. This probably had something to do with just having read Homer P. Figg, which is awesome (also about civil war time with a kid as main character). This paled in comparison. I only kept reading because my daughter was assigned it and wanted me to read aloud to her.
Sep 15, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
This is the book that all Fifth Graders read at Sweet Apple Elementary. Link, Sunny, and Lorin have all read it, and as Lorin finished his presentation on the book the other night, I was sad that I couldn't help him because I had not read it. I figured it was long time that I read the book.

It begins in Roswell, Georgia, toward the end of the Civil War. Hannalee works at the mill at Vickery Creek (which I've hiked dozens of times), but is taken away from her Momma when the Union comes through and
Jan 19, 2014 Olivia rated it liked it
Good book to help middle age students understand what life would have been like living in the South during the Civil War.
During the closing days of the Civil War, plucky 12-year-old Hannalee Reed, sent north to work in a Yankee mill, struggles to return to the family she left behind in war-torn Georgia. "A fast-moving novel based upon an actual historical incident with a spunky heroine and fine historical detail."--School Library Journal. Author's note."There are few authors who can consistentl
Debbie Mcclure
I would recommend this book as a part of a social studies curriculum about the Civil War. It will be especially interesting to children who live in the Roswell or Marietta area since the story is about mill workers in Roswell. This book shares the story of mill workers who were accused of treason by the Union Army because they manufactured cloth for the Confederate Army. The mill workers are sent north, and their mill, homes, and towns destroyed. Hannalee, one of the mill workers, promises her m ...more
A story set during the civil war, it is told from the perspective of children in the south who are affected directly by the war. Their father was killed in the war, and a precious brother is a soldier. The children are taken work, the mill and most of their village burned down by Union soldiers, then taken as prisoners of war hundreds of miles away to the north and offered as servants. (It was very interesting to read of these southern characters condemning "the North" and their soldiers, having ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
This book, although mere historical fiction, gave me a new and unique perspective into the American Civil War and its devastating affect on the common American, particularly those in the Confederate states. I grew to really love the main characters, too. They were very believable and life like.
Nov 08, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok
Ah, yes, another school book. Don't you just adore books that you are set to read in a certain number of time, and if you do not you are in trouble? It really can put a damper on things. This is one of the more interesting books I've had to read, the story itself was pretty short, although the book was a few hundred pages I believe. Hannalee is a girl growing up in the Confederate state of Georgia in the Civil War. When Yankee soldiers come and kidnap all people at the mill she works at, she is ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty


This story takes place in Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana in 1864. It is about a twelve year old girl named Hannalee and her brother Jim, who were taken away from their mother and out of their home state of Georgia by the Yankees (Blue Coats). Hannalee's brother was sold to a farmer in Kentucky, and Hannalee was used on the Yankee farms in Indiana. Hannalee escaped and walked all the way to Kentucky by herself, found her brother again, and they made it back to their mother in
Feb 26, 2016 Jodi rated it liked it
This book had merit, but I am not sure it is one I would have picked to educate my boys about the civil war. It was more about Hannalee getting home than the war itself. I suppose it was good for my boys to see how the war affected EVERYONE not just soldiers.
Jul 11, 2011 Nora rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-6th, Civil War Unit
Shelves: older-elementary
A Civil War book that the girls will like! Turn Homeward, Hannaleehelps students gain perspective of what the war was like for poor southern whites. Hannalee works in a mill even though she's only 12 years old, and when the Northern soldiers take over her town, they send the workers north on a train-- even some children like Hannalee. This story was based on true events, and was very popular for our Civil War unit.
Sara K.
May 16, 2009 Sara K. rated it really liked it
Another from my Civil War Novel Unit. This one has a plucky bobbin girl as the main character. She is spirited away by the Union and this is her adventure home. Great female lead character. My two girls reading it now have LOVED it! It does have one main battle scene and the use of some minor profanity, but nothing too graphic for 10 year olds - which is the challenge for this unit. A great pick!
Mar 17, 2008 Po rated it it was amazing
It says this book was published in 1999, but it had to come before that, b/c I read it in grade school, and adored it. It is a GREAT kids book, especially for kids who are into history. About a southern girl during the Civil War who gets separated from her family. Her mom gave her a button and told her to "turn homeward." I'm getting nostalgic just thinking about it!!
Feb 24, 2012 Okulsama0 rated it it was amazing
If you want to find out what the South was like for the mill workers this is the book to read. This book is about a girl and her brother trying to get home. The North took Hannalee and Jem away. They have a lot of adventures coming back. I think this book is for kids all ages! It was so great because I love adventures and they have a lot of adventures.

Mar 28, 2016 K.C. rated it it was amazing
K is reading this for literature in our homeschool. Highly recommend this one as a mom. It gives a child's view of the civil war. Love, Love, Love this book!!!
Sep 04, 2008 Gracie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history geeks
Recommended to Gracie by: my teacher grandma
This was a great historical fiction book! It takes place during the Civil war in a milltown of Roswell,Georgia (didn't spell that right) Anyway, Sherman comes to town and Hanalee's seperated from her pregnant mom. The whole storys about her returning home to Georgia.

Dec 15, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-kids
I read this book with my 10-year-old son. It was an interesting tale of what happened to the Georgia mill workers during the Civil War. I found it to be a good perspective on how the war affected a class of people that I had never known about before.
Jan 01, 2013 Longbeverly rated it liked it
This was a good historical fiction young adult novel. Civil war story about mill workers who were displaced from Roswell, Georgia. A girl disguises herself as a boy, rescues her younger brother and travels from Indiana back home to her mother.
Nov 03, 2008 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of a young girl who was taken from her mill job by the Yankees during the Civil War. Based on true events, this story was quite affecting. The girl, Hannalee, is spunky without being unbelievable. Nicely done.
Nathaniel Glosson
Aug 26, 2012 Nathaniel Glosson rated it really liked it
This was a moving book (historical fiction) about a young girl trying to reunite with her remaining family after separating during the Civil War. The ordeals she goes through kept me interested the whole way through!
Aug 06, 2009 Katy rated it it was amazing
Excellent for upper elementary students

A solid story of a young Southern girl who is forced to leave her mill town and mother to serve in a factory in the North--a different perspective on the Civil War
Jul 17, 2007 Chandra rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 5th graders
This book turned me on to historical fiction. It is a middle reader's account of a little girl quite displaced by the US Civil War. I still bug my mom to tell all of her students to read it.
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