It is so refreshing to find novels for teenagers that address timeless values and virtues such as truth and integrity rather than the latest fads and trends. Flight into Spring is an old-fashioned love story set at the end of the Civil War that will delight any teenage reader!
During the Civil War, anger and bitterness swept the entire country and many families saw themselves split right down the middle. Sally Day Hammond's father always taught her that truth and integrity should prevail, thus her family was loyal to President Lincoln and the United States he defended, despite the fact that numerous family members were wearing Confederate uniforms. Because of this, some of Sally Day's relatives harbored resentment towards the Hammond family, especially when Sally married Charles Horne, a Union soldier from Connecticut. Sally experiences similar trouble when she arrives in the North and her new in-laws have trouble accepting a Southern daughter. She finds comfort in weekly church services, however, which give her the faith and perseverance to adapt to her new life and new family. Sally quickly learns that love and marriage take hard work and compromise in order for hearts and minds to truly unite. This is a wonderful book for studying the days following the peace treaty in Appomattox and the strained relations between the North and the South.
Paperback, 184 pages, Ages 12 and up