The Shiloh Renewal

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Woodruff, Joan Leslie. The Shiloh Renewal. Seattle: Black Heron Press, 1998.

Teenage narrator Sandy has been seriously injured in a car crash that has killed her older sister Penny. As Sandy struggles to regain language and lucidity, she flashes back in hallucinations to the Battle of Shiloh. Sandy lives near the Shiloh battlefield park, and in a crucial scene, she takes the body of her dead cat to Shiloh Church, reliving the battle all the while. When two rangers befriend her, she takes a turn for the better in both health and happiness.

Keenly-written Young Adult fiction that conveys the disorienting affects of neurological trauma, associating them with war and terrorism.

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