This is a powerful story. . . beautifully
written. Stephen Mooser, Author
In 1861, with the American Civil War escalating, Jennine Parkington is taken from her home in New Orleans to a Georgia cotton plantation to live with her cousin Anni–a cousin she intensely dislikes.
While awaiting the return of her father from his covert Northern military duties, Jennine finds her attitude changing about many things, in particular her rather indifferent attitude toward Negroe slaves. As the South sinks slowly to its knees, the two cousins find themselves unwittingly caught in the family's dangerous espionage and Underground Railroad activites.
But In spite of the horror of the surrounding war, Jennine comes to love and admire her independent and fearless cousin, finding comfort and joy in her company and in the mysterious treasures of a long-forgotten secret attic.
Anne McGee's attention to detail results in crisp, accessible prose that never bores. On the contrary, details of the setting and characters jumped off the page, pulling me in and shaking me to attention. My standards are high for young adult fiction, as are my expectations for Anne McGee's work. I am happy to report that she has written one of her best books to date, and I predict it will become a classic of its genre. Barbara L. Jordan, Author
I love nothing more than when an author makes history vivid and alive and that's exactly what McGee does in this wonderful middle-grade novel. Not only will readers learn a great deal about the Underground Railroad and the Civil War era, through the exciting adventures of two young cousins, they'll learn a lot about growing up, facing fears, and letting go of prejudice. The two conflicted young cousins at the heart of this story are unforgettable characters and the book's a treat from first word to last. Rhonda Hayter, Author
Through the friendship of Jenn and Anni, the intertwining of the Parkington and Bouvoir families, and the politics of war, Anne McGee skillfully weaves Confederate and Yankee sympathies into this epic tale. McGee's intricate details of Southern life during the Civil War Era transports the reader to another time and place. "Anni's Attic" is the American version of "Downtown Abbey." Peggy Tibbetts, Author
There are a plethora of books on the market about the Civil War but Anni's Attic, by Anne Loader McGee, is one of the best. Written in the first person perspective about life on a Georgia plantation from 1861-1865, it shows the day-to-day experiences of Jennine Parkington and her cousin Annise Bouvoir. Anni's Attic is a novel all secondary school students must read to advance their understanding of the Civil War era. www.examiner.com
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Purple Dragonfly Book Award
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Young People's Category
International Peace Writing Award
Paris Book Festival
San Francisco Book Festival
Most Promising Middle Grade
SCBWI Writer's Day Contest