Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty (1984)

Turn Homeward, Hannalee is based on a true event from the American Civil War.Hannalee.jpg

Hannalee is 12 years old and helping support her younger brother and pregnant, widowed mother by working in a fabric mill in Georgia.  Suddenly Yankee soldiers arrive in their small town and close the mill because it  manufactures the gray cloth for Confederate soldiers’ uniforms.  To ensure that no more military fabric is produced, all mill workers, including Hannalee and her little brother, are arrested and shipped up North for the duration of the war.

How will they survive the war without work or their mother?  Will the family ever be reunited?  Turn Homeward, Hannalee is well-written and has memorable characters.  It is a moving and thought-provoking historical novel for middle grade children who have an interest in this controversial period of American history.  It also makes an excellent read-aloud.

Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee is a very good sequel!

Middle Grade reading level, 208 pages, Historical Fiction, Civil War, Published 1984.


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