$7.99 from Kregel Publications
For review, I received the novel Bertie’s War by Barbara Tifft Blakely. This novel is listed as juvenile historical fiction, and the setting is 1962 during the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In this story, Bertie is a 7th grade girl whose mind is full of fear and cowardess. Not only is she afraid of doing and saying the wrong things and getting in "trouble", but she’s terrified of what she overhears the adults saying about the Communists and nuclear missiles. She pretty much cries all the time and her selfishness leads to fear which paralizes her into being trapped in her own mind of self destructive thoughts and make believe. Personally I would have taken Bertie to the woodshed long before her Dad finally did.
I had a really hard time motivating myself to read this, as I felt frustrated and angry throughout the whole book. It does have parts that show the girl’s feelings of her own interpretation of communists and threat of nuclear war, and includes some historical details of this time period. I don’t feel it would be useful for our own history studies, however.
My 13 year old daughter read the cover and flipped through it a bit and was not interested in reading it. My 9 year old read through most of it and said she liked it, but the girl was a "cry-baby".
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I received this novel for free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.