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Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Bertie's War - This Might Become Tim's War
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


Recently, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was sent a free copy of Bertie's War published by Kregel Publications in order for me to read and write a review to put on this blog.

Ok, before I go into my review of this fine book, here's my beaf. I very rarely am upset with any of the rest of my TOS Homeschool Crew mates, but this one takes the cake. We have a forum to discuss different ways of reviewing an item, or how we work in review items with our regular curriculum etc. We don't usually discuss the fine details of anything, or what we think, because we don't want other peoples views to distort our own reviews. We might, however, make little comments about items. Recently a comment was made about Bertie's War that they were "so glad that finally a historical novel has been written about the 1960's".

I wanted to scream at the computer! "Historical! What do you mean historical? I was alive in the early 1960's and I'm not historical!" I was quite irate. It made me feel like an antique! Historical indeed Undecided! Ah, well...enough about me and on with the review.

PhotobucketBertie's War, a wonderful novel written by Barbara Tifft Blakey, is about a 12 year old girl growing up in 1962. Poor 12 year old Bertie's world is falling apart. As if she doesn't have enough to worry about with an annoying older sister, younger brother and stern father, now she's at that awkward age of being between childhood and adulthood, she's beginning seventh grade, and, to top it all off, the United States is in the midst of major crisis with Cuba. 

Her life seems to be in a state of confusion and she doesn't know what to do. She worries about everything. Join Bertie as she has to deal with fires, hurricanes, family death, school bomb drills, her own emotions and her relationship with God during a very tumultuous year.  

Bertie's War is an entertaining book written on a mature preteen to teenage level. It is...as upsetting as this word is to say Undecided..."historically"  accurate and the author does an excellent job of telling what life was really like for people (especially kids) during those very uneasy days of the early sixties. It is written in a very easy style with enough action to keep you turning the pages. More than once I found myself not wanting to put it down.

I usually preview books, especially by unknown authors, before allowing my children to read them. Because the subject was a 12 year old girl, and I have three sons, this was one that I wanted to especially read ahead of time. Now that I have reviewed it, I have no hesitation giving it to my 13 year old son to read. In fact, I see many similarities between Bertie and John Allen. So many, in fact, that I am hoping he learns something from the way Bertie's emotions are dealt with in the end. "How is that?" you may ask. You'll have to find out by reading the book. 

Bertie's War is available in paperback for $7.99 from Kregel Publications. Kregel has many other books, Bible studies and academic products for all ages. Just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above to find out more about this company. You can also click here to read what the other TOS Homeschool Crew members had to say about this book. Again, this is one of those items that can be enjoyed by those who homeschool and those who don't. So, I won't say "Happy Homeschooling" on this one, but, as usual, I'll say "Happy Home Educating"!

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:45 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2010 11:54 PM CST
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Thursday, 21 January 2010 - 5:53 AM CST

Name: "MeritK"
Home Page: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/CreativeLearning/

Great information - Great review - thanks for not giving away the ending :)

Thursday, 21 January 2010 - 9:22 AM CST

Name: tink38570
Home Page: http://tink38570.angelfire.com

Thanks Merit,

You are always so encouraging in your comments. I really appreciate it.



Thursday, 21 January 2010 - 12:39 PM CST

Name: "PJ"
Home Page: http://PJs Prayer Line

I know how you feel about the word "historical"  I was 8 years old in 1962, but I do remember some of how it was back then.  


Thursday, 21 January 2010 - 12:47 PM CST

Name: tink38570
Home Page: http://tink38570.angelfire.com

Thanks for understanding PJ. That is the problem with being an older parent. Most of the ladies (I'm the only man this year) on the TOS Homeschool Crew are younger mothers. I was in my late 30's and 40's when my boys were born. I guess anything before you were born is considered "historical" in most peoples minds. It really doesn't bother me, but it did make a lot of people look twice when they read the title of my post Smile.



Sunday, 24 January 2010 - 11:17 AM CST

Name: "Barbara Blakey"
Home Page: http://www.totallanguageplus.com

Hi, this is Barbara Blakey, the author of Bertie's War.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book.  It was my first attempt at fiction, and I've been eager to know what readers think.  Your words were encouraging.  Again, thanks!

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