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The Night Journal by Elizabeth   Crook
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Jun 06, 2009

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bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended to Loralee by: Trina
Read in June, 2009

Claudia Bass is domineering and cantankerous. When she learns that the visitor's
center at Pecos, New Mexico is going to be expanded, she flies into a fit.
Her childhood dogs have been buried on "Dog Hill" and she doesn't want their
bones to be disturbed. She is determined to stop the building project.
So begins a road trip from Texas to New Mexico. I have to admit that I
thought, "Dog bones? This woman is worked up over dog bones?" Then I
remembered the little pet cemetery in our backyard and I understood.

Claudia forces her granddaughter, Meg to accompany her on her journey. Meg is
reluctant to come. She has never been interested in her family's past.
Meg eventually embraces her heritage as she finally reads her great-grandmother
Hannah’s famous journals. As Meg and Bassie visit the places Hannah lived and
wrote about, Meg realizes her heritage is important to her, too.

This book has a story within the story. There is the modern day story of Meg
and Bassie who discover that their family history isn't all that it seemed.
And then there is the story found within the published journals of
Hannah--including an account of the Mountain Meadow Massacre told from the
perspective of a child who saw his entire family killed.

The book was a little slow at times, but it became more interesting about half
way through.
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