Showing posts with label American Revolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Revolution. Show all posts

January 02, 2014

LMC Review: American Revolution through Primary Sources

Great Review in Library Media Connection of  The American Revolution through Primary Sources, written by John Micklos, Jr.  The LMC review appears in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue: "...high interest overview...kid-friendly...appealing format...use these readable volumes to teach Common Core Standards."  Description from the web site: The primary source documents and interior illustrations in these books help make the Revolutionary War come to life. Written for the secondary-level reader, the major issues, events, and people of that time period are introduced. To discover why this war was fought, the activities and contributions of women and children, American Indians, and African-Americans are discussed. There are six books in this series.  Available in Library Edition, Paperback, Multi-user eBook.

June 17, 2013

Interested in the Battle of Bunker Hill?

The Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed's Hill, which was slightly closer to Boston than Bunker Hill. The battle itself became known as the Battle at Bunker Hill, but is also called the Battle at Breed's Hill. The invading British wore thick winter uniforms in the June heat, and had to deal with lots of mud which made walking with their heavy boots difficult. The British won this particular battle, driving the colonial army away. The British did not take the colonial army seriously, thinking that they were not well trained.

The American Revolution started with the Battle at Lexington in April of 1775, was fought at Bunker Hill in June of 1775, and continued until October 1781, with the final battle taking place in Yorktown.

This middle school title, available in both library and paperback editions, is available directly from Enslow, your preferred vendor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Follow Me on Pinterest

April 12, 2013

Interview with Author Bonnie Pryor and Special eBook Offer

Bonnie Pryor is the author of several of Enslow's historical fiction books, including the Hannah Pritchard trilogy. She took some time recently to talk to us about how she combines historical facts with her fictional characters. 
Bonnie Pryor

Enslow:  What is your favorite childhood memory about books?

Bonnie:  My favorite memories are about reading and my favorite places to read were…sitting in a crook of an old plum tree, under my covers at night, inside my math book at school, and under the dining room table when I was supposed to be dusting….any place I had a book.

Enslow:   How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

Bonnie:  I suppose I had a fairly sheltered childhood with strict parents, so I have trouble imagining bad characters.

Enslow:  When did your interest in writing historical fiction start?

Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the
Revolution (Book  1)
Bonnie:  I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction, but, for some reason or other, I didn’t think of it until about fifteen years ago when an editor (knowing I liked historical fiction) suggested I try writing some.

Enslow:  What was your biggest challenge when writing The Hannah Pritchard trilogy?

Bonnie:  Fitting what was going on in the real world at that time into my story – for instance, John Paul Jones being in Portsmouth, NH, and Paul Revere in Boston.

Enslow:  What is your favorite trait of your female pirate character, Hannah Pritchard?

Bonnie:  Hannah is strong and independent. She figures things out and takes care of them on her own.

Enslow:   Hannah finds herself aboard an American privateer ship during the Revolutionary War and has to hide her female identity to be able to work as a cabin boy. How do you think this reflects the roles of women during this time period?

Pirate Hannah Pritchard:
Captured  (Book 2)
Bonnie:  Except for a few female pirates, who were not very nice characters, women were considered bad luck on a ship. Although women worked as hard and as well as men, they were restricted by the society of the times as to what they could and couldn’t do.

Enslow:  Hannah and her friends must complete some important missions for the Continental navy and outsmart an enemy pirate in a race to bring home the buried treasure. What’s your secret to writing fabulous adventures while still referencing real people and real historical events?

Bonnie:  I did a lot of research to get the timelines correct in my head. The events that were actually happening then were exciting, so it wasn’t hard to fit them into the story.

Captain Hannah Pritchard:
The Hunt for Pirate Gold
(Book 3)
Enslow:  What do you and Hannah have in common?

Bonnie:  Like Hannah, I’m an independent person with a mind of my own and I’ve always been fairly interested in having adventures.

Enslow:  If you could trade places for a day with one historical character, who would it be and why?

Bonnie:  It would be Margaret Mead. Growing up I admired her and her amazing adventures as an anthropologist and actually thought about going into that field.

About the Author: 
Bonnie Pryor claims she was ‘born loving books’ and it certainly seems as if books are the warp and weft upon which the threads of her life are woven.

Thirty years after the publication of her first book, Grandpa Bear, she has written and had published a total of thirty-seven books for children and young adults. Though her first love is picture books, she has written easy-to-read books, chapter books, mysteries, and historical fiction. Many of her books have been translated into different languages and are sold in countries around the world.

"The 'Real History Behind the Story' section is a great addition to this historical fiction series. These would be excellent books for teachers to use in their classrooms, because they intertwine American history with realistic tales."
     –Library Media Connection, March 2008

Consumers can take advantage of a SPECIAL OFFER on the eBook versions of the Hannah Pritchard trilogy from their favorite eBook retailers including Amazon and Kobo. For a limited time, Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution (Book 1) is only 99 cents and Pirate Hannah Pritchard: Captured (Book 2) is just $3.49. Captain Hannah Pritchard: The Hunt for Pirate Gold (Book 3) is also available for $7.69.

April 18, 2011

On this day in 1775

Paul Revere (and William Dawes) rode from Boston towards Lexington, warning everyone along the way that the British were coming.

Enslow's new series, The United States at War, includes The American Revolution: From Bunker Hill to Yorktown. In this book, middle school students will learn about this famous ride. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Paul Revere in a poem. Because the name Revere rhymes more easily then the name Dawes, one man became a legend, while the other was nearly forgotten.

April 19, 2010

On this day in history

The American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

For grades 6 and up, Primary Source Accounts of the Revolutionary War draws the reader into America's fight for independence from Great Britain through diaries, letters, and other related primary source documents.

For grades 3 and 4, In The Revolutionary War Begins, author Elaine Landau invites readers to make the important decisions during the colonies first battles against the British.

Also for grades 3 and 4, author John Micklos, Jr., takes readers through an overview of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Acts and "the shot heard 'round the world'" to George Washington's election as the first president of the United States. Micklos presents the highlights of the Revolutionary War in a clear, interesting, easy-to-understand manner that will hold the reader's attention to the end.

May 05, 2009

New Historical Fiction: Liberty's Son: A Spy Story of the American Revolution

New Historical Fiction...a spy story...traitors...American Revolution...Sons of author Paul B. Thompson.