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My America: My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Book One [Paperback]

By Mary Pope Osborne (Author)
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Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.66" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Scholastic Inc
Age  7-10
ISBN  0439369037  
EAN  9780439369039  

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Promising her brother that she would keep a record of events, Ginny writes about the happenings at Gettysburg, the great battle she saw fought there, and the speech given by President Lincoln. Reprint.

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Virginia Dickens has promised to keep a journal for her older brother Jed. And Ginny finds plenty to write about: Pennsylvania Volunteers arrive in the town square reporting a big battle in Virginia and calling for more men to join their ranks. Rumors fly that the Rebs are headed to Gettysburg, and the Battle of Gettysburg ensues. Suddenly, Ginny's quiet town is filled with the injured. Ginny's brother Jed has joined the Union army, and they find him wounded in a makeshift hospital. With Ginny's nursing, he recovers, and Ginny is is able to witness the President's Gettysburg Address.

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More About Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the bestselling Magic Tree House series. She has also written many acclaimed retellings of myths, folktales, and works of historical fiction.

Growing Up

I grew up in the military. By the time I was fifteen I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. Moving was never traumatic for me, partly, I think, because I had very close and loving relationships with my parents, my twin brother, my younger brother, and my older sister.

When my dad retired to a small city in North Carolina, I still craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life. Miraculously, one day I found these things, literally only a block away — at the local community theater. From then on, I spent nearly every waking hour after school there, either acting or working backstage. When I stepped from the sunny street into that musty-smelling, dark little theater, all things seemed possible.

From College to New York City

I went on to study drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In my junior year, I discovered an even greater realm of adventure and changing scenery: the world of mythology and comparative religion. So I became a religion major and learned as much as I could about other cultures.

After graduating from college in the early 1970s, I lived an intensely varied life. For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete. Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to “The East.” We traveled overland in a caravan of rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. We nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then a riot in Kabul. My trip came to an abrupt halt in Kathmandu when I got blood poisoning. During the two weeks I spent in a missionary hospital there, I read all of the Tolkien trilogy. I would sleep, read, and look out the windows at the Himalayas. To this day, my journey to “The East” is tangled up in my mind with Frodo’s adventures. After I returned home and recovered from my illness, I promptly headed back into the real world. I worked as a window dresser in Carmel, California, as a medical assistant in Monterey, California, and as a Russian travel consultant in Washington, D.C. One night in Washington I attended the opening of a musical about Jesse James. From the balcony I fell in love with Will Osborne, the actor/musician playing Jesse. I loved his boots and his white cowboy hat; I loved how he sang and strummed the guitar. A year later, in New York City, we were married.

Thereafter, when I wasn’t on the road with Will, I worked as a waitress in Greenwich Village, taught acting classes in a nursing home in the Bronx, was a bartender in Broadway theaters, and had a job as an assistant editor for a children’s magazine.

I Begin to Write

Then one day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an eleven-year-old girl in the South. The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood. The first draft was crudely written, but it must have communicated something to an editor, because shortly after I finished, it became a young adult novel called Run, Run as Fast as You Can. Finally I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Now more than thirty years and a hundred books later, I feel I’m one of the most fortunate people on earth. I’ve written picture books, biographies, mysteries, novels, retellings of Greek mythology, Norse mythology, medieval stories, mermaid tales, and American tall tales. I’ve written a book on the world religions and a series based on Homer’s Odyssey. But the most fun I’ve ever had in my writing life has been taking journeys through time in the Magic Tree House.

I’ve now published 45 Magic Tree House fiction books. (My husband and my sister Natalie Pope Boyce write the wonderful non-fiction companion books) I’ve recently traveled with Jack and Annie to meet Mozart in Vienna, Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, Lady Gregory in Ireland, and Charles Dickens in Victorian, England.

The latest book, #45 A Crazy Days with Cobras, involves a journey to India four hundreds years ago. Will Jack and Annie survive an encounter with a ruthless emperor, a rogue elephant, and two deadly cobras? Yes, because I wanted to write book #46, Dogs in the Dead of Night, about their journey to help St. Bernard dogs rescue people in the Alps. Will Jack and Annie survive the avalanche that buries them? Yes! Because now I want to go meet Abraham Lincoln with them!

Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place — and still be home in time to have dinner.

Mary Pope Osborne currently resides in New York New York, in the state of Connecticut.

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I thought this was a really good book  May 11, 2009
I think My Brother's Keeper was an especially good book, because it told the story of an epic character, Virginia Dickens, and what the Battle of Gettysburg was like. My favorite part was when she fell out of the tree when Confederate soldiers rid by. Captain Heath was also one of my favorite characters. I only gave this story 4 stars because the ending was a little bit too fairy tale. Oh Jane Ellen and Jed fall in love, get married, Jed gets his dream job, and the family lives happily ever after. Yes, it's a happy ending, but non realistic. This part was just OK. Other than that, this story was great, with a nice historical flare, good facts, and something that got you to the edge of your seat or cry with sorrow. It really let you see with your own eyes what the Battle of Gettysburg was like and how it impacted this girl. I give it two thumbs up!!
Witness to the Battle of Gettysburg  May 13, 2006
Young Virginia, named after the state, shares her emotional journey through the Civil War, missing her dead mother, worriying constantly about her brother and father, and being afraid so often.
Living in Gettysburg isn't exactly safe - especially when one of the most famous Civil War battles is fought right there. Virginia witnesses it all, and writes it all down in the journal her brother gave to her.
But when she finds out what ahs happened to her brother, she must gather up all her courage and face the world as best as she can.
My Brother's Keeper  Dec 15, 2005
My America: My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Mary Pope Osborne, 4 stars.
I thought that My Brother's Keeper was a very good book. It was about a girl named Virginia Dickens. She lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the year 1863. Her father and brother, Jed, have gone to Uncle Jack's house to help hide his horses from the Conferate soldiers. She is staying with Reverend McCully and his family while they are away. The whole time she is scared for her brother and father and wants them to come home.

I gave this book four stars because, even though it was a very good book, there were some parts that were very boring/confusing. Sometimes Virginia would be talking about something, then she would start talking about something else and it would be very confusing and hard to follow. Sometimes she just was rambling on and it got boring.

The book, overall, was very good though. It had some very suspenseful parts where I was on the edge of my seat. For example, when Virginia was sitting in the tree while the Confederate soldiers were passing, I wasn't sure whether she would get caught or not and I was anxious to find out.

Some other books I would recommend are: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Picking Up the Pieces, and Nicola and the Viscount. (...)
THE COOL BOOK   Oct 18, 2005
I thing this book was good because it had a iot of detait about the character. People should read this book if they like the Civil War and if they would like to know about the Civil War this book would be good to read. A reader that would like to read about the Civil War would read this book. My favorite part was when Jed told them that he was going to get married to Jane Ellen. It was my favorite part because it made me feel very happy that they were going to get married. My favorite character was Virginia because they talk abouÝ her a lot and how she had to keep Jed's diary for him. I hope that the next book is as good as this book was. I love these books.
My Brothers Keeper  Dec 14, 2002
Hi I am Glenna Miller my book is My brothers keeper .The auther is Mary Pope Osborne.There are a 107 pages. The setting is Gettisburg in 1863.The Genre is fiction. The plot is her brother and dad go to her uncles to help hide his horses from the rebs. So she has to stay with Reverand Mcullys family.Jane Ellen Reverand Mcully daughter likes Jed her brother but she only saw him once.The rebs came and yelled "have the union came"I like the place and I like the way it goes in 1863 it is pretty cool. I like her name it is Virginia cause it is my home town.I hope you like this book the way I did. So pick up this book My brothers keeper
A Promise at Gettysburg. . .  Dec 1, 2002
Nine-year-old Virginia Dickens is left in the care of Reverend and Mrs. McCully while her father and brother help her uncle hide his horses from the Confederate raiders and fight. She promises to keep a journal for Jed, her brother. Her family thinks she'll be safe but they are wronged when Gettysburg is ambushed. After the battle, she and her father find her brother in a makeshift hospital. The book ends as the town slowly recovers and Virginia hears President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Mrs. Osborne has successfully creates individual characters, and she poses difficult questions about war and the waste of human life. There is a lyrical quality to several passages, and the author slowly builds suspense and release.

Also recommended: All the Dear America Books


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