Evie's War

Evie s War They offered up the innocence of a generation Evie is straight out of school and excited by the prospect of a tour of Europe Instead she finds herself immersed in war first in the Home Counties

  • Title: Evie's War
  • Author: Anna Mackenzie
  • ISBN: 9781775537656
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • They offered up the innocence of a generation .Evie is 18, straight out of school and excited by the prospect of a tour of Europe Instead, she finds herself immersed in war first in the Home Counties where the young New Zealander is confronted not only by society s restrictions and her family s expectations, but by the burgeoning women s rights movement then as aThey offered up the innocence of a generation .Evie is 18, straight out of school and excited by the prospect of a tour of Europe Instead, she finds herself immersed in war first in the Home Counties where the young New Zealander is confronted not only by society s restrictions and her family s expectations, but by the burgeoning women s rights movement then as a VAD nurse tending injured soldiers in a local hospital.After personal tragedy changes the course of her life, Evie impulsively travels to Belgium, experiencing first hand the shambolic horrors in a Casualty Clearing Station just 10 km behind the Front Lines War, at first distant, becomes increasingly personal.When her health gives out, Evie returns to England and a new battle that of meshing her hard won independence and experience with the still Edwardian attitudes of her family.From where can she find strength for love and the resilience to face the future

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    1. I would give Evie's War 4.5 stars if possible. The voice in this novel was brilliantly done.‘They say women should ‘stay home and sit still’ – but how can I?This is a story about war – wondering whether it will come to them, trying to live with it when it does, and wishing it would finally end. It is a story of loss, of love, of sacrificing your own comfort, way of life and almost every shred of energy you have – to help the wounded, dying and broken.Told in a diary format, Evie’s [...]

    2. "What they are subjected to is inhuman. And of top of it they are expected to live in the open, freezing cold and plagued by rats and lice, then go out and kill other men."Evie, a young New Zealander who volunteers as a nurse during WWI, keeps a diary. Through her words we learn how it was for medics both at the front line and back in England, nursing men and boys with shattered bodies and minds.The diary format is perfect for this book, as through her writing we see Evie change from a young wid [...]

    3. This is the tale of seventeen year old (?) Evie, a New Zealand girl on a vacation in Europe when the Great War breaks out. Her and her family stay with some extended family in Britain for the expanse of the war. Evie starts of slowly, knitting, fundraising and talking about the suffragette movement.However, she quickly becomes immersed in the war efforts (with some prompting from a friend) and finds herself nursing in local hospitals. Many tragedies strike Evie and her friends, as readers see th [...]

    4. Evie's War is an outstanding read. much so that I couldn't put it down.It will certainly take pride of place on my bookcase!The book, in its diary format, is easy to read, thoroughly researched and mosteducational. I believe it should be a must-read in secondary school history classes.Evie is such an inspiration and role-model for one so young, bringing much courage, fortitude and compassion in helping those suffering the atrocities of war.Her character is so real, I felt as if I was sharing her [...]

    5. Written as a diary by a young New Zealand girl setting out on a trip to England and Europe in 1914, this book is initially quite simplistic and naive. However, as Evie becomes involved in the war as a nurse, first in England and later in France, she matures, experiences loss and frustration and her observations become more poignant. I initially wanted to rate this with three & a half stars but felt it was definitely more than three stars. On reflection, I realized that I found it hard to put [...]

    6. War, and everything it encompasses, becomes increasingly personal for 18-year-old Evie and her family. Straight out of school the New Zealand teenager is excited about the prospect of a tour of Europe. However, she finds herself immersed in war; first in the Home Counties – where she is confronted by society’s restrictions, her family’s expectations and the burgeoning women’s right movement – and then as a VAD nurse tending to injured soldiers in a local hospital.Read full review here: [...]

    7. A diary style account of a your woman who volunteers as a nurse through the years of the first world war. It examines the role of women at the time and the social change that took place. It also makes the reader aware of the horrors of war. This could be a good companion novel to Mary Hooper's Poopy series.

    8. I love the historical stories that are resulting from the WWI centenaries. This well-written and well-researched diary-style story is written from the point of view of a feisty New Zealand girl who becomes a nurse and works in hospitals in England and on the frontline of the war. It's vivid and utterly convincing. See also my review on the blog KidsBooksNZ.

    9. "Evie's War" follows four tubulent years in the life of a young New Zealand woman, whose first trip to London, 1914, coincides with the beginning of World War I. Instead of meeting eligible young men, touring the continent and enjoying parties, she finds herself helping the greviously wounded. Written in diary form, this tracks the various events as they occur, from the point of view of someone who sees the terrible after-effects.The diary format makes this an extremely easy read, allowing the r [...]

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