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Guerrilla Season by Pat Hughes
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May 25, 2009

really liked it
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Read in June, 2009

ARC received through the First Reads giveaway program.

I love that Hughes chose to set this novel in the border state of Missouri. Most Civil War fiction (and history) focuses on the states where the "real action" took place. That is a true disservice--the conflict in states like Missouri and Kansas is a HUGE part of the war's story.

Hughes has done a fantastic job of telling the story of a boy torn between the North and South. The choice to use a real historic figure as a character is a very nice touch. Jesse makes an already compelling narrative feel even more real.

On the subject of realism, Hughes does not shy away from portraying the horrors of guerrilla warfare and occupation without getting overly graphic. There are a couple of scenes that might be frightening to readers on the younger end of the spectrum, but older ones should be able to handle it just fine.

This is a very good novel--no qualifiers needed.

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