The Last Full Measure (Hardcover)
As Confederate and Union soldiers take over their town, the local residents can do little more than hunker down in their homes while cannon and gunfire explode around them. But the battles are not only fought between soldiers. At home, fourteen-year-old Tacy and her disabled brother lock horns as David struggles with his desire to go to war. He has strong principles, and it tortures him to allow others to fight while he does nothing.
In the aftermath of this great and terrible battle, in which so many soldiers sacrifice their lives for their beliefs, David gives his last full measure…and leaves Tacy struggling to make sense out of it all.
ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey.
"Rather than a political statement or a gory battle, this lyrical novel personalizes the war, showing the risks of friendship with free blacks, terrifying nights of shelling, and the grief and pain of loss. A beautiful blend of hope and tragedy. . .this novel once again shows the author's skill at giving historical events flesh and heart."—Booklist
"Rinaldi's extensive research brings a piece of history to life, and her fans will not be disappointed."—School Library Journal
"Valuable and well-researched. The details are poignant. "—VOYA —