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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Elizabeth's War is a young adult historical novel written by D.L. Finn. When Elizabeth was 11 years old, her life was fairly idyllic. Her older sister, Pearl, doted on her, and life on her family's farm was filled with adventure and fun. It was 1917, and while she knew about the outbreak of World War I, it seemed to be far away from her insulated world. Everything changed when her father announced that he had volunteered to help train the officers who would be fighting overseas. Then Simon, Pearl's best friend and boyfriend, volunteered for service and would be leaving on the same train as Elizabeth's dad. Simon was her best friend Sarah's brother, and seeing him as well as her father go off to the war effort was frightening. Soon, she learned about the things people at home could do to help the war effort, and she and her family got involved.
D.L. Finn's young adult historical novel is a marvelous coming of age story about an exceptional young girl whose reality changes dramatically and who meets every challenge coming her way with enthusiasm and perseverance. I loved reading about the sacrifices and volunteer work Americans at home made to help the soldiers; especially the knitting projects done by classes in school, and I laughed with the clumsy and domestically challenged young Elizabeth as she learns to cook and knit. Finn's writing is smooth and her story flows beautifully. I was involved in the plot from the first page and found it hard to put the story down until I had finished it. Elizabeth's War is highly recommended.