|Plot Summary of When Will This Cruel War Be Over?|
|"Born into a wealthy Southern plantation family, Emma Simpson had every luxury she desired.... until the outbreak of the Civil War. Her father, brother, uncle, and the young man she loves go off to war - her brother and uncle to die early on. But the hardships are not limited to the battlefield - they reach out to touch Emma's sheltered, quiet home in ways she never imagined possible. There are rumors that the slaves she thought faithful to her family plan to run away. Deserters from both sides raid the farm, stealing the food Emma, her mother, and her aunt and cousin, who have come to stay for the remainder of the war, need in order to survive. And when her already frail mother becomes very ill, and soon dies, Emma has only her aunt and cousin to turn to. But things become even worse when Yankees invade the peaceful countryside and take over Emma's house to use as headquarters. But she is determined to never give up and wait for the day her father and sweetheart will return home to her. This book is written in the form of Emma's diary."
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of When Will This Cruel War Be Over?|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
- War, Civil
- a teen
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- healthy but a geeky weakling
- an organization
- infantry soldier
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Deep South
- fancy mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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