My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book! Although shelved in our library as “Juvenile Fiction”, both because of it’s length (over 300 pages) and the themes within this novel, I think “Homefront” qualifies more as a “Young Adult Fiction” book.
Margaret Ann, the narrator in this story, tells what her life is like on a farm in Virginia during the years of World War 2. How it affects her own life, family relationships, friends at school and her neighborhood makes for fascinating (and realistic) reading.
The author does a great job of portraying within one family the adjustments people had to make (or not make), and the resulting effects on others, when the war “overseas” begins to affect lives here in America.
Some things in the book I could see coming and some, I could not. Doris Gwaltney does such a good job with Margaret’s character, I couldn’t help but read this quickly to find out what happens.
It is refreshing to see an author “show” us what a young teen-age girl might be feeling and thinking and reacting (with true human responses — no pretenses here), to the stresses of the times, her family relationships and school. Margaret Ann’s life changes suddenly and drastically when she has to make room in her home (sacrificing her dreams of ever having a bedroom to herself), more than once, for family relatives displaced by the circumstances of war.
“In the middle of September, one of Bobby Holland’s married brothers is drafted into the army. In the beginning of the war, married men weren’t drafted, but now everybody says there’s no choice.
More and more gold stars are hanging in the windows of people’s living rooms. And that means a serviceman, just like Tommy G., has been killed. It means a lot of mothers and wives are crying all over the country.”
This is a fast read and an enjoyable one.