A Heart Divided

A Heart Divided
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
December 13, 2005
ISBN
0385327498
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Is the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol—or a proud reminder of Southern heritage?

When Kate’s liberal-minded family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford lives up to Kate’s low expectations. The Confederate battle flag waves proudly in the sky, the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, and country music rules the airwaves. Then she meets Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. And dang if brilliant, gorgeous Jack doesn’t make Kate decide that maybe her new hometown isn’t so bad after all. But a petition to replace the school’s Confederate flag symbol is stirring up trouble. Kate dives right in, not afraid to attack what she sees as offensive. Getting involved means making enemies, though, and soon, Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against each other in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American.

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Reader reviewed by Mandie

i thought it was a very good book. Some romance, and that it was a real life like book too. i like how it ended also. there are just no words i can explain to say how good it was.
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the Best!!!
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Reader reviewed by Trevor

There is a country song now by Trace Atkins called "Songs About Me" and I have to say that this is a book about me. I live in a town just like Redford and the author got it absolutely right for what it is like to live and go to school in a Southern town. I also had my eyes opened to different ideas about the Confederate flag. This is a super book that guys and girls must read.
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Absolutley realistic and so intense!!
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Reader reviewed by Dylana

I was a little turned off by the boring cover. But I'm glad I didn't fully judge this book by it's cover. It absolutely changed me. This was one of the best books I've ever read. It has everything in it: friendship, relationships, racism, family pressures, life choices, and being an individual.
Its about Kate Pride, an aspiring playwright. She moves from new Jersey, leaves her life, friends, and high school behind, and lands in Tennessee with her family. Its beautiful, but they wave the Confederate flag, which she thinks is prejudiced. But things don't seem so bad when she meets Jack Redford. He is so good-looking, smart, nice, and he likes her back. But he is the original Redford hier of Redford Tennessee. His grandfather fought in the battle. Kate has mixed feelings with him on all subjects. Is he on her side, or with his friends? All the controversy gets arounds chool and the love between Jack and Kate causes problems with his mom.
As Kate gets very involved in the issue regarding the flag, and her goal to write a play about it, she learns so much about life and love. It has a surprise ending. You get to know the characters so well and you can't put the book down. This book was a fantastic and written from the heart. And you learn a lot about the Civil War, too! YOu have to read it now. And I bet most girls will fall in lvoe with Jack, as well.
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