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Mare's War e-book

Author:

Tanita S. Davis

Language:

English

Category:

Children

Subcategory:

Literature & Fiction

ePub size:

1524 kb

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Rating:

4.9

Publisher:

Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 9, 2009)

Pages:

352

ISBN:

0375857141

Mare's War e-book

by Tanita S. Davis


Tanita Davis's "Mare's War" is a good example of a book which can entertain as well as educate. It presents an interesting glimpse into a historical reality that most people are probably only vaguely familiar with - the service of African American Women's Army Corps members during World War II.

Tanita Davis's "Mare's War" is a good example of a book which can entertain as well as educate. But at the same time, the book is good fiction.

I get out of the car and. stretch, yawning as Mare heads briskly for the restroom. You girls, go and look around in the store. See if you can find a keepsake, my grandmother calls over her shoulder. You don’t need your lighter to go to the restroom, Tali calls after her pointedly. I shrug and yawn again as Tali quickly digs into her bag for her headset.

Электронная книга "Mare's War", Tanita S. Davis Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past

Электронная книга "Mare's War", Tanita S. Davis. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Mare's War" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past. Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn’t your typical grandmother. She drives a red sports car, wears stiletto shoes, flippy wigs, and push-up bras, and insists that she’s too young to be called Grandma.

Mare's War. Tanita S. Davis This was a wonderful book. Davis is the author of the young adult novel A la Carte, published by Knopf in June 2008. This was a wonderful book. I loved the way that the chapters switched between the past and the present. I also loved how the book told the past from a voice that is not usually heard, especially not in school or textbooks. Wonderful, wonderful book. A native Californian, she lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Written by Tanita S. Trade Paperback EPUB. Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters-two willful teenagers in their own rite-on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare’s flippy wigs and stilletos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.

Title: Mare’s War. Author: Tanita S. Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other

Title: Mare’s War.

Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women's Army Corps.

Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other

Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other.

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Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past.Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn’t your typical grandmother. She drives a red sports car, wears stiletto shoes, flippy wigs, and push-up bras, and insists that she’s too young to be called Grandma. But somewhere on the road, Octavia and Tali discover there’s more to Mare than what you see. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less-than-perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American battalion of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC member and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces a larger-than-life character who will stay with readers long after they finish reading.
ℓo√ﻉ
The dialogue and voice in this book are simply amazing. For the first time in my life, I have actually considered writing fan mail to the author, it's that good. Ms. Davis captures the southern voice without butchering the English language by creating new spellings or making a caricature of it. I know people who talk like this. I hear these voices every day and Ms. Davis recreated them. I want to hug her and say thank you for doing it right.

Without the voice, this would simply be yet another YA historical fiction novel about a part of WWII that is sadly overlooked, with an over used road/ travel metaphor. Without the complexity of the character of Mare and the voice in which she speaks, this would be easily forgettable and perhaps only worthy of 3 stars.

The book itself talks about Mare's time with the Women's Army Corps in flashbacks interlaced with a road trip with the much older Marey's obnoxious and entitled granddaughters. Though I found Marey's story far more interesting than the present day road trip story, I still see how the road trip story was necessary to expand on the changes between generations and their lack of appreciation for what they have and understanding of where they come from.

My only criticism is that Octavia acts more like a pampered 80+ year old woman than her grandmother does and the character of Tali is generally unlikeable through much of the book.

It is also refreshing to see a book aimed towards teens that admits that not all women have business being mothers. That concept is still revolutionary, even in 2015.
Kelenn
Told from the alternating perspectives of 15 year-old Octavia (an African-American teenager from California) and Mare, her elderly grandmother who enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II at the age of 17, this novel tells a heartwarming tale of intergenerational bonding while also filling a gap in historical knowledge.

Mare narrates two chapters (all entitled “then”) for every one that Octavia narrates (all entitled “now”) as they drive from California to Alabama with Octavia’s older sister, Tali. Along the way, Mare tells her granddaughters the story of how she came to enlist in the army during WWII, trained in the south, and served overseas in England and France. Mare’s story, which comprises the bulk of the novel, addresses a number of serious issues—attempted child sexual abuse, family strife, poverty, racial discrimination and inequality, lesbianism—as it highlights the numerous “wars” that Mare fought while growing up and serving in the Army in the 1940s. Along the way, Octavia and Tali come to appreciate their grandmother’s struggles and learn more about American history, all the while developing stronger familial bonds of their own with each other and with their grandmother.

The complementary narratives depict deeply contrasting stories of growing up as a Black woman during two different periods in American history. Educational without being pedantic, this novel serves as an entertaining way for adolescents to learn about and appreciate an often neglected aspect of American history.
Topmen
Tanita Davis's "Mare's War" is a good example of a book which can entertain as well as educate. It presents an interesting glimpse into a historical reality that most people are probably only vaguely familiar with - the service of African American Women's Army Corps members during World War II. But at the same time, the book is good fiction. The believable, engaging and dynamic characters hook us in while the plot offers enough suspense to pull us along.

The book alternates between "Now" sections in which Octavia and her petulant older sister are forced into an extended road trip with "Mare" , their grandmother, in order to go to some mysterious family reunion, and "Then" sections in which Mare reveals events of her childhood and how she ran away to serve in the Army without her mother's consent. Although annoyed with missing their summer, the girls get drawn into Mare's story despite themselves.

The "Then" sections are, in my opinion, the more vivid and engaging sections. Mare's narrative voice and dialect add life and humor to the story. Her sheer hard-headedness get her through her fear and enable her to do her duty with pride, even in the face of covert and overt racism. The "Now" sections primarily serve to frame Mare's story and wrap it up in a tidy package. As the story progresses, however, Octavia and Talitha develop and grow in a way that gives them importance in themselves.

There are some minor flaws with the book. I was somewhat bothered by the use of the present tense in Mare's story - after all, she is supposedly telling her granddaughters about events well in the past. I understand why Ms. Davis chose that route, however. Past-tense narration would not have the immediacy that's so engaging in Mare's story. There's also an incident that takes place on the troop transport to Europe in which a character is severely injured, possibly dead. We don't hear any more about her for several pages, at which point we learn rather off-handedly that she's fine and dandy. And finally, either their road trip really was extremely meandering, or else Ms. Davis took some artistic license with her geography. At one point they are entering New Mexico. Many pages later they are back in Arizona, then a few short pages later they are in central Texas.

There are few surprises in the book - most events can be guessed well in advance. But the book doesn't hinge on the suspense of what happens next - we sense from the beginning that everything will wrap up tidily. The drama comes rather from the dynamics between the characters as they learn more about their family and themselves and how the characters grow into themselves and closer to each other through their experiences.

I recommend this book for junior high and high school kids of all races as an antidote to white-washed history texts that often leave blacks feeling like slavery was blacks' only "contribution" to history. It's important for all kids to be aware of the contributions of black women during World War II, and this book provides an excellent vehicle for that understanding.
Wilalmaine
Enlightening and a good read...
Kitaxe
I liked the idea of talking about a part of history that is often ignored. More books should address women of color and their contributions to our nation. Plus this tale brings in the bonds of family and how loose family ties can and should be tightened.
Malakelv
I would highly recommend this book to be a part of any middle or high school library collection. Easy to lose oneself in Mare's story as I imagined Tali and Octavia must have done on their cross -country road trip.
Sti
loved it
Well written for the teenager or adult. Brought back memories of my Army Life.
Told from a grandma's point of view to her young granddaughters on a long vacation they took.

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