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Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi
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Jan 18, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-lit, historical-fiction

I haven't read a book by Ann Rinaldi that I don't like - she is one of the best writers of historical fiction for young readers that I have encountered. Numbering All the Bones chronicles the life of a thirteen year old house slave, Eulinda, during the Civil War. Eulinda agonizes over the fact that her Mistus sold her younger brother to a Southern plantation owner, and her older brother Neddy ran away to join the Union army. Eulinda doesn't understand the meaning of freedom or how to "make herself come true" until the end of the novel when she works with Clara Barton to mark the graves of the 13,000 Union soldiers who died in the Andersonville prison before war's end. Rinaldi always includes a Historical Note at the end of her novels to tell you what characters and bits of history are factual and which ones she has added to the historical scene.

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