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The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish by Claudia Mills
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Mar 06, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juv-realistic-fiction, 3rd-4th, 4th-5th
Read in August, 2008

Amanda is in 5th grade and they have an assignment where they are each given a Civil War character and they must create a diary of the character. Amanda's family life is falling apart. She knows her parents fight, but she is shocked when her dad moves out, which she thinks is all her mom's fault. Her older sister is grumpy and always fighting with her mom. Her best friend is also ignoring her and has perhaps found a new best friend. Amanda's Civil War character Polly, while in a different time period, seems to have the same emotions as Amanda, and is a great source of comfort to Amanda through these hard times. An excellent book, well written as a young girl.
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