Village Without Men
Sophie’s Second Journal
196 pages • 6 x 9
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By Janice Shefelman
Dear Reader, what is to become of us - of me, Sophie?
Thus begins Sophie's second journal, written two years later. She is now fifteen years old, and the Civil War is three years old.
Her first journal, Sophie's War, tells how she and her family live in constant danger as Unionists in the hill country of Texas, a state that has left the Union and joined the Confederacy.
Now, as the war goes on, all the able men in Comfort have been forced to leave and fight on one side or the other, including Sophie's papa and her true love, Eduard. Sophie and other women must protect themselves from vigilantes and hostile Indians.
Can Sophie and her family survive? Will the war ever end? Will Papa and Eduard return?
About the Author
Janice Shefelman says she became Sophie to write this journal. In her own life, Janice is an author with a strong interest in making the past come alive through historical fiction. Her books have won many awards, including the New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, the Children’s Book Council Notable Book, Reading Rainbow Book, and the International Reading Association Children’s Choices.
The love of books began when her father, a German professor at S.M.U. in Dallas, read to her from an early age, which led to careers as teacher, librarian, and writer. Books also gave her the desire to see the world. She spent one summer bicycling around Europe and another traveling in North Africa and the Middle East. When she married Tom, an architect, they set out on a yearlong trip around the world, traveling by freighter and living for a time in a Buddhist temple.
Her writing career began to blossom when her first book, A Paradise Called Texas, appeared on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Janice raised two sons with Tom and lives in Austin where she now devotes full time to writing.