The War Within by Carol Matas
A Novel of the Civil War

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Holly Springs, Mississippi, 1862:

The Green family owns a general store in this small Southern town where they have lived for many years.

But ever since the Union army occupied her beloved town, Hannah Green has been furious. Her sister, Joanna, has fallen in love with Captain Mazer of the Union -- the same Union that has been fighting against her brothers in the Confederate army to destroy the Southern way of life.

Now General Grant has issued General Order #11, which commands all Jews to evacuate the territory under his command. The Greens are forced to follow the Union army to Memphis. For the first time Hannah and her family face discrimination simply because of their religion. She begins to realize that not everyone believes the basic truths she has always accepted. While the battles rage around her, Hannah begins to fight another war -- the war within -- which could destroy everything she has ever believed.

With the historical accuracy for which she is known, best-selling author Carol Matas turns her attention to an unexamined chapter of the Civil War and creates a thought-provoking and heart-racing masterpiece.


About Carol Matas

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Carol Matas is the author of many acclaimed books for children and young adults, including the historical novels In My Enemy's House (a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age), Greater Than Angels (a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies), The Garden (a Junior Library Guild Selection), and After the War (an ALA Library Association Best Book for Young Adults). She has two grown children, and lives in Winnipeg with her husband.
Published May 1, 2001 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 151 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Presented as the first-person diary of Hannah Green, 13, during the months of December and January 1862–63, a recounting of what happens to the only Jewish family in Holly Springs, Mississippi, when they were forced to leave.

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The war within, of the book's title, takes place in Hannah's mind as she begins to compare the plight of the Southern slaves with the historical plight of the Jews when they were enslaved in Egypt.

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