Becca's Story

James D. Forman, Author Scribner Book Company $15 (180p) ISBN 978-0-684-19332-8
Forman ( Cry Havoc ; The Big Bang ) has crafted a fact-based historical novel from letters and diaries authored mainly by his ancestor, Becca Case Forman. The story begins in 1859, when Becca is 14 and living with her family in Michigan. In her carefree existence of dances and picnics, Becca can't decide which of her two boyfriends she prefers: Alex Forman, always serious, offers a secure future, while devilish Charlie guarantees joviality and excitement. But when the Civil War erupts, fate plays a role in shaping Becca's destiny. The present-day Forman clan may find this work captivating, but it's tedious for outsiders. Becca is a vapid protagonist (``Let the slaves remain slaves forever so long as her two beaux were safe at home and able to renew their friendly rivalry for her hand . . . '') and the dry, pedestrian narrative will hardly attract readers accustomed to and demanding of more distinctive fare. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/1992
Release date: 09/01/1992
Genre: Children's
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