Shenandoah Sisters: Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips (Published by Bethany House, January 1, 2003)
Mayme Jukes and Katie Clairborne both grew up on plantations near the same town in Shenandoah County, North Carolina, but their lives were vastly different. Mayme was born into slavery, while Katie enjoyed a privileged life as the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. But in the final days of the Civil War, the two teenagers are thrown together when both their families are murdered by marauding outlaw soldiers.
Fleeing from the massacre of her family, Mayme stumbles across Katie's plantation, where she is the only survivor of the brutal attacks. Mayme stays to help Katie, and eventually the two girls become very close friends in spite of their differences. But can these two teenage girls survive on their own, and hide the truth from neighbors who don't know that they are all alone on the plantation?
Angels Watching Over Me is a heartwarming historical novel about two girls from very different backgrounds who, after suffering a common tragedy, come together to help each other out, eventually becoming the best of friends. Although categorized as an adult book, I think this novel would have the most a lot of appeal to young adult readers as well, because the main characters are teenagers. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series and finding out what happens to Mayme and Katie next.