Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer
for free :) through amazon anyways... this is my first book read on my new kindle!!
Fifteen years old. Wanted: Dead or Alive.
"Don't love a spy," warns fifteen-year-old Pinkerton agent Maddie Bradford, a lonely, rebellious outsider with a mind on fire and a photographic memory. It is 1861, the Civil War has just started and this motherless teen must move with her soldier-father from New Hampshire to Washington, DC-a city at war, packed cheek by jowl with soldiers, Rebel spies, slave catchers and traitors of all stripes bent on waging a war of destruction against the Union, and President Lincoln himself.
Maddie's journal, written in secret, of course, begins with her arrival at her aunt's DC boardinghouse through the first year of the Civil War, a time, as Maddie puts it, full of "dips and dangers," when she becomes a fearless Union spy. And then there is the mysterious, maddening Jake Whitestone, a young man who awakens something equally dangerous in Maddie: Love in a time of terror.
Civil War historian, author and lecturer Jane Singer brings her unique voice to Alias Dragonfly.
I have never read a book about the civil war. It was great reading about a woman/teenager I could understand with. To be raised in a time where women are taught that all they can do is bake bread and have babies, but to be that 1% that rebels against it. Maddie was very relateable and I loved her fierce. One part of me things that Maddie does have a gift, the other side says she is just very observant and motivated. She is a quick learner and has sent her life observing.
Maddie's aunt came out of nowhere, that really surprised me. But what I would really like to know is what happened to Nellie? I really enjoyed this story and just wanted to mentioned a few things. The writing was fantastic and the only time something really bothered me about the book is this sentence
"Don't leave go of me, Maddie."The other this is I love the messaging system, how ingenious is it!
"Green. Stay away. Blue. Take message. Yellow. Watch our door. Red. Danger"
Now I wonder... does this count towards the Branching Out Reading Challenge? It's history, but about the civil war were usually I stick to Kings and Queens of England and the like.