Historical Novels for Children: World History After Columbus

The novels listed here take place during the time from Columbus's discovery of the New World in 1492 up through the 1800s and explore world history outside of the events that were occurring within the United States of America.

The novels listed here take place during the time from Columbus's discovery of the New World in 1492 up through the 1800s and explore world history outside of the events that were occurring within the United States of America.

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Tales from 1492

Author: Whittier, Mary Ann

Subjects: History; Multiculturalism

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 9805

Price: $14.99
Website price: $12.99

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9805S

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If you had been given reports from around the world in 1492, this book could have been their compilation.

Presented in a week-by-week diary format, the book presents a global view of this pivotal year and its politics, art, and discoveries as readers meet famous people—and some fictional characters—in accurate surroundings. Many of the historical characters should be familiar: Michelangelo, Isabella of Spain, Montezuma the Aztec, Ivan the Great, Lucretia Borgia, Martin Luther, Albrech Durer. Others are less well known but are important to the story nonetheless: the Inca Huaya Capac, the Bantu king Mani Kongo, the Spanish sailor Martin Pinzon, the Ottoman sultan Bayazid II.

This is not an Anglo-centric view of events in 1492 but a global adventure that includes China and Japan—where Columbus thought he was headed—the Americas he found, the diverse European and Muslim worlds, Africa, and even Hawaii and Australia. It is a multicultural approach to history that emphasizes art and literature. Cultural pluralism is particularly reflected in holidays, religious and cultural observances, arts, crafts, and everyday life around the world.

This book is an exciting chronicle of 1492, the year the Old World met the New World.

If you had been given reports from around the world in 1492, this book could have been their compilation.

Presented in a week-by-week diary format, the book presents a global view of this pivotal year and its politics, art, and discoveries as readers meet famous people—and some fictional characters—in accurate surroundings. Many of the historical characters should be familiar: Michelangelo, Isabella of Spain, Montezuma the Aztec, Ivan the Great, Lucretia Borgia, Martin Luther, Albrech Durer. Others are less well known but are important to the story nonetheless: the Inca Huaya Capac, the Bantu king Mani Kongo, the Spanish sailor Martin Pinzon, the Ottoman sultan Bayazid II.

This is not an Anglo-centric view of events in 1492 but a global adventure that includes China and Japan—where Columbus thought he was headed—the Americas he found, the diverse European and Muslim worlds, Africa, and even Hawaii and Australia. It is a multicultural approach to history that emphasizes art and literature. Cultural pluralism is particularly reflected in holidays, religious and cultural observances, arts, crafts, and everyday life around the world.

This book is an exciting chronicle of 1492, the year the Old World met the New World.

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Runaway Will

Author: Fisher, Linda C.

Subjects: Historical Adventure; Shakespeare; Elizabethan England

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-88092-720-8

Order code: 7208

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7208S

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From the moment sixteen-year-old Will Shakespeare runs away from home, his goal is to avoid danger. But fate ignores Will’s plan. “You’re a handsome boy,” Volka, the old gypsy queen, tells him. “With the right clothes, you’ll fit in with us.” Fit in with these fearsome gypsies? With their whips and knives and bears? Never! Then again, when you’re on the run, hiding from authorities, home is where you find it. 

How and why did William Shakespeare go to London from Stratford? How and where did he first learn to write plays? When did he first fall in love? Runaway Will has some highly original answers while transporting readers to an adventure among the sometimes violent but also romantic gypsies in Elizabethan England.

“Runaway Will is an entertaining and quick-paced read. Young readers will enjoy following Will through several scrapes and narrow misses, and even older readers will find themselves entranced by Fisher’s historical accuracy...." – Mollie Smith Waters, English and theater instructor at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Greenville, Alabama

See the link beneath the book cover on this page for free downloadable study notes.

From the moment sixteen-year-old Will Shakespeare runs away from home, his goal is to avoid danger. But fate ignores Will’s plan. “You’re a handsome boy,” Volka, the old gypsy queen, tells him. “With the right clothes, you’ll fit in with us.” Fit in with these fearsome gypsies? With their whips and knives and bears? Never! Then again, when you’re on the run, hiding from authorities, home is where you find it. 

How and why did William Shakespeare go to London from Stratford? How and where did he first learn to write plays? When did he first fall in love? Runaway Will has some highly original answers while transporting readers to an adventure among the sometimes violent but also romantic gypsies in Elizabethan England.

“Runaway Will is an entertaining and quick-paced read. Young readers will enjoy following Will through several scrapes and narrow misses, and even older readers will find themselves entranced by Fisher’s historical accuracy...." – Mollie Smith Waters, English and theater instructor at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Greenville, Alabama

See the link beneath the book cover on this page for free downloadable study notes.

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Runaway Will Study Notes:

A Will of Her Own

Author: Fisher, Linda C.

Subjects: Historical Adventure; Shakespeare; Elizabethan England

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-88092-641-6

Order code: 6416

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 6416S

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This is a fascinating story of intrigue and murder set in murky sixteenth-century London, where a young man named Luke makes friends with a young actor/playwright named Will Shakespeare. But Luke really is fifteen-year-old Lady Lucinda, a young woman who has disguised herself as a boy so she can act in a play. Only males were allowed to act in plays in Elizabethan England. As a boy, however, Lucy finds herself fighting off assailants and even getting involved in a duel. Together, Luke and Will have a series of adventures that lead to uncovering and foiling a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.

As Lady Lucinda, "Luke" is a dutiful daughter of a lord, and no one suspects her double life. As she explains to Will Shakespeare, it is her brother who has all the fun; she leads a sheltered, dull life.

"When well done, historical novels are great fun. A  Will of Her Own is great fun…. Sword play and word play abound, and the novel moves with the precision and suppleness of a fencing match…. The plot turns on various cases of mistaken identity and deliciously echoes The Comedy of Errors, a device which enhances the fun…. Fisher has made her first-person narrative convincing and believable." – Professor Peter Huggins, Auburn University  

See the link beneath the book cover on this page for a free downloadable teaching guide.

This is a fascinating story of intrigue and murder set in murky sixteenth-century London, where a young man named Luke makes friends with a young actor/playwright named Will Shakespeare. But Luke really is fifteen-year-old Lady Lucinda, a young woman who has disguised herself as a boy so she can act in a play. Only males were allowed to act in plays in Elizabethan England. As a boy, however, Lucy finds herself fighting off assailants and even getting involved in a duel. Together, Luke and Will have a series of adventures that lead to uncovering and foiling a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.

As Lady Lucinda, "Luke" is a dutiful daughter of a lord, and no one suspects her double life. As she explains to Will Shakespeare, it is her brother who has all the fun; she leads a sheltered, dull life.

"When well done, historical novels are great fun. A  Will of Her Own is great fun…. Sword play and word play abound, and the novel moves with the precision and suppleness of a fencing match…. The plot turns on various cases of mistaken identity and deliciously echoes The Comedy of Errors, a device which enhances the fun…. Fisher has made her first-person narrative convincing and believable." – Professor Peter Huggins, Auburn University

See the link beneath the book cover on this page for a free downloadable teaching guide.

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A Will of Her Own Teaching Guide:

Sail to Caribee

Author: Hagen, Michael

Subjects: American History; Sea Adventure; Pirates; Sailing Ships

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4101

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4101S

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Queen Anne of England has declared war on France because the grandson of King Louis XIV has become the king of Spain. Louis XIV aims to combine the power of the Spanish and the French against the English and the Dutch to dominate the world’s trade.

New York Colony, 1702. When Jack Slate, the famous pirate, arrives at Jemmy’s father’s farm to ask him to join the crew of his ship, the Annalise, thirteen-year-old Jemmy is part of his father’s bargain. The men have sailed together before, and now Slate is a commissioned privateer sailing under the English flag to plunder French and Spanish ships. Jemmy’s father has the sea in his blood but does not want to leave his son on the farm alone. Jemmy, about the same height as his father, looks to be sixteen or seventeen, wants to be a sailor, speaks and writes both English and Dutch, and is excellent at arithmetic.

Through Jemmy’s eyes we see the larger details of the ship and its unique crew, as well as the smaller details important to young adult readers: the decks, the rigging and maneuvering at sea, the weaponry, the food—all the things that were a matter of course during a day at sea but are new to Jemmy, as is the whole concept of privateering and the Articles of Contract, including payment percentages that are the rules of the voyage. The chase and capture of a French ship give him his first knowledge of the real consequences of battle.

This action-filled novel is capped by the capture of The Butcher, a Spanish pirate who has been harassing English shipping in the Windward Islands. And there is a surprise revelation about Captain Slate.

Michael Hagen is also the author of the historical novels Klaus and The African Term, both of which are published by Royal Fireworks Press. He is an accomplished stage actor and screenplay writer.

Queen Anne of England has declared war on France because the grandson of King Louis XIV has become the king of Spain. Louis XIV aims to combine the power of the Spanish and the French against the English and the Dutch to dominate the world’s trade.

New York Colony, 1702. When Jack Slate, the famous pirate, arrives at Jemmy’s father’s farm to ask him to join the crew of his ship, the Annalise, thirteen-year-old Jemmy is part of his father’s bargain. The men have sailed together before, and now Slate is a commissioned privateer sailing under the English flag to plunder French and Spanish ships. Jemmy’s father has the sea in his blood but does not want to leave his son on the farm alone. Jemmy, about the same height as his father, looks to be sixteen or seventeen, wants to be a sailor, speaks and writes both English and Dutch, and is excellent at arithmetic.

Through Jemmy’s eyes we see the larger details of the ship and its unique crew, as well as the smaller details important to young adult readers: the decks, the rigging and maneuvering at sea, the weaponry, the food—all the things that were a matter of course during a day at sea but are new to Jemmy, as is the whole concept of privateering and the Articles of Contract, including payment percentages that are the rules of the voyage. The chase and capture of a French ship give him his first knowledge of the real consequences of battle.

This action-filled novel is capped by the capture of The Butcher, a Spanish pirate who has been harassing English shipping in the Windward Islands. And there is a surprise revelation about Captain Slate.

Michael Hagen is also the author of the historical novels Klaus and The African Term, both of which are published by Royal Fireworks Press. He is an accomplished stage actor and screenplay writer.

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Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum

Author: Torrey, Michele

Subjects: American History; Sea Adventure; Pirates; Sailing Ships

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 0-88092-321-0

Order code: 3210

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3210S

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When Kip fails to prepare an oral report for history and attempts to fake one on piracy at the end of the class period, he manages to buy one night to produce a report for the next day. The only things he knows about piracy are the stories he’s heard from his sickly grandfather. Now that Grandfather is nearing his end, he begs Kip to believe that he has truly lived the tales he's told.

Grandfather had lived in two dimensions: one in the present, and one as an eighteenth-century pirate. The key to returning to the past is in a chest in the attic. He beseeches Kip to make the trip and bring to the present the daughter he left behind many years ago. A family picture moves Kip to believe the old man, and his curiosity takes over as he examines the wondrous items in the chest in the attic.

Within seconds of a bottle being in his hands, Kip is transported to a sea inhabited by pirate ships and is swimming for his life. Fished out of the sea by the crew of a pirate ship, Kip becomes one of them and learns the pirates’ code of behavior and business in detail. Kip swabs, serves, fights, and watches. But it is just after he rescues Captain Dawes from drowning and adminis­ters CPR that he faces great jeopardy. He discovers that Captain Dawes is a woman. She would kill to protect her secret.

Kip further discovers that Captain Dawes is his aunt, the daughter of his grandfather and the person he went into the past to bring back. He cannot stop the punishment the crew metes out to him and Captain Dawes, but both finally make it back to the present. And what a show he presents to his class on piracy!

When Kip fails to prepare an oral report for history and attempts to fake one on piracy at the end of the class period, he manages to buy one night to produce a report for the next day. The only things he knows about piracy are the stories he’s heard from his sickly grandfather. Now that Grandfather is nearing his end, he begs Kip to believe that he has truly lived the tales he's told.

Grandfather had lived in two dimensions: one in the present, and one as an eighteenth-century pirate. The key to returning to the past is in a chest in the attic. He beseeches Kip to make the trip and bring to the present the daughter he left behind many years ago. A family picture moves Kip to believe the old man, and his curiosity takes over as he examines the wondrous items in the chest in the attic.

Within seconds of a bottle being in his hands, Kip is transported to a sea inhabited by pirate ships and is swimming for his life. Fished out of the sea by the crew of a pirate ship, Kip becomes one of them and learns the pirates’ code of behavior and business in detail. Kip swabs, serves, fights, and watches. But it is just after he rescues Captain Dawes from drowning and adminis­ters CPR that he faces great jeopardy. He discovers that Captain Dawes is a woman. She would kill to protect her secret.

Kip further discovers that Captain Dawes is his aunt, the daughter of his grandfather and the person he went into the past to bring back. He cannot stop the punishment the crew metes out to him and Captain Dawes, but both finally make it back to the present. And what a show he presents to his class on piracy!

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Through Goya's Eyes

Author: Ricci, Dr. Dorothy

Subjects: Art; European History; Goya, Francisco

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-763-5

Order code: 7635

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7635S

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From the perspective of Gaspar Jovellanos, diarist and friend of the painter Francisco De Goya, we experience the Spanish Enlightenment of the late eighteenth century. Goya’s art vividly testifies to the pain and suffering of brutal repression, as well as to the vitality and hopefulness that were all part of the Spanish experience at that time. In the form of a biography of Gaspar Jovellanos, the author takes us into a world that is otherwise relatively unknown outside the Spanish-speaking world.

The author writes: “The world of Francisco De Goya and Gaspar Jovellanos teems with diverse characters and the real people who interact with them, from Cean Bermudez, Martin Zapater, Olavide, and Saavedra to Charles IV, a Carthusian apothecary, and an institute librarian. Other characters, namely Elena, her father, and Echevarria, reflect themes expressed in Jovellano's writings and in Goya's Caprichos drawings. Since Gaspar wrote often in his diarios of traveling by caballo, I provided a fine horse for him named Robles. The novel is basically a story of courage in the face of personal and professional challenges, and it stresses the importance of family and friends and the need to use one’s talents and abilities to the fullest.”

Dorothy Ricci, Ph.D., taught history and foreign language in Milford, Connecticut. She studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and this novel is a culmination of a lifelong interest in Spanish history and art. She is also the author of The Secret of the Silent Sea Gull, published by Royal Fireworks Press.

"I am amazed at how beautifully the story is told. The characters and the artwork are really brought to life. The descriptions of Spain—and, in fact, all of the descriptions—are beautifully done. The book helped me relive works of art and see them in a new light." – Pamela Sheppard, high school Spanish teacher

From the perspective of Gaspar Jovellanos, diarist and friend of the painter Francisco De Goya, we experience the Spanish Enlightenment of the late eighteenth century. Goya’s art vividly testifies to the pain and suffering of brutal repression, as well as to the vitality and hopefulness that were all part of the Spanish experience at that time. In the form of a biography of Gaspar Jovellanos, the author takes us into a world that is otherwise relatively unknown outside the Spanish-speaking world.

The author writes: “The world of Francisco De Goya and Gaspar Jovellanos teems with diverse characters and the real people who interact with them, from Cean Bermudez, Martin Zapater, Olavide, and Saavedra to Charles IV, a Carthusian apothecary, and an institute librarian. Other characters, namely Elena, her father, and Echevarria, reflect themes expressed in Jovellano's writings and in Goya's Caprichos drawings. Since Gaspar wrote often in his diarios of traveling by caballo, I provided a fine horse for him named Robles. The novel is basically a story of courage in the face of personal and professional challenges, and it stresses the importance of family and friends and the need to use one’s talents and abilities to the fullest.” 

Dorothy Ricci, Ph.D., taught history and foreign language in Milford, Connecticut. She studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain, and this novel is a culmination of a lifelong interest in Spanish history and art. She is also the author of The Secret of the Silent Sea Gull, published by Royal Fireworks Press.

"I am amazed at how beautifully the story is told. The characters and the artwork are really brought to life. The descriptions of Spain—and, in fact, all of the descriptions—are beautifully done. The book helped me relive works of art and see them in a new light." – Pamela Sheppard, high school Spanish teacher

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Surviving Erebus: An Antarctic Adventure Onboard Her Majesty's Ships Erebus and Terror

Author: Barell, John

Subjects: Sea Adventure; Historical Adventure; Antarctic Expedition; Maritime History; Sailing Ships; Growing Up

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-088092-703-1

Order code: 7031

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7031S

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"A recommended and engaging tale" – Midwest Book Review

Surviving Erebus is based on an amazingly courageous and pioneering Antarctic voyage of exploration that began in 1839 and lasted for several years. Told through the eyes and experience of a young stowaway named David, whose chances for survival are low when he is discovered and who has to prove himself again and again to the ship's hostile and aggressive crew, this is a tale of men confronting the most adverse conditions on the planet.

David's adventures of exploration and discovery in Antarctica are described graphically and accurately; the reader can almost hear the cracking of the ice and the creaking of the ship’s timbers as winter closes in, feel the discomfort of the cramped and basic living quarters, and share the fear of young David as he wonders how he got himself into this most challenging environment. That he comes through, survives to become a valued crewmember, and grows up is due not only to his resilience, deep curiosity, and basic good nature but also to the support of an important mentor, the ship’s scientist, who enrolls him as his assistant.

This is a wonderful tale that will enthrall any young person.

About the Author: John Barell became an explorer at age thirteen when he first read Admiral Richard E. Byrd's book Little America. From that story of intrepid adventurers camped out on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 1928, Barell developed many questions about the heroes who risked their lives to conquer the South Pole: Why did they sail south to explore? How did they survive? What kept them safe and secure? What did they discover, and what is the future of this southern continent enshrouded in mystery, snow, and ice? So Barell wrote Admiral Byrd, who not only answered with four letters but who also invited him to visit and urged him to explore Antarctica.

Barell sailed to Antarctica on board Admiral Byrd's flagship, the USS Glacier, and served as Operations Officer during Operation DeepFreeze '63 and '64. Subsequently, he became an educator attempting to explore the many possibilities for educating young people in non-traditional settings in New York City and at Montclair State University (NJ). His published writings reflect an attempt to challenge students and their teachers to take risks by adventuring into complex situations to inquire, solve problems, and think critically.

Now professor emeritus at Montclair, Barell worked for several years as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, helping students and teachers develop their inquisitiveness about the wonders of earth and space. Visit his website to learn more.

Reviews:

“A rippin’ good yarn—one which makes you turn the page, over and over again. But it’s more than this. It is historically faithful to the extraordinary, epic voyage of Sir James Clark Ross. It captures the characters of the leader and those whom he led in the treacherous waters and ice of Antarctica. It brings events, which happened over 150 years ago, vividly to life. A compelling read.” – James Ross, great-great-grandson of Admiral Sir James Clark Ross, Commander of the Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions during the years 1839-43

“For the mariner, this tale is a humbling reminder of the mystery and the mastery of the sea. For the adventurer, the story of hardy shipmates sailing a small bomb vessel in the wildest place on earth stretches the imagination. For all readers, the lessons for young Davey, from adolescence to experience and eagerness to patience, catch the spirit as dashing sea conquests lash us to the mast and hold us there.” – Captain Nonnie Thompson, USCG Merchant Marine Officer

"A recommended and engaging tale" – Midwest Book Review

Surviving Erebus is based on an amazingly courageous and pioneering Antarctic voyage of exploration that began in 1839 and lasted for several years. Told through the eyes and experience of a young stowaway named David, whose chances for survival are low when he is discovered and who has to prove himself again and again to the ship's hostile and aggressive crew, this is a tale of men confronting the most adverse conditions on the planet.

David's adventures of exploration and discovery in Antarctica are described graphically and accurately; the reader can almost hear the cracking of the ice and the creaking of the ship’s timbers as winter closes in, feel the discomfort of the cramped and basic living quarters, and share the fear of young David as he wonders how he got himself into this most challenging environment. That he comes through, survives to become a valued crewmember, and grows up is due not only to his resilience, deep curiosity, and basic good nature but also to the support of an important mentor, the ship’s scientist, who enrolls him as his assistant.

This is a wonderful tale that will enthrall any young person.

About the Author: John Barell became an explorer at age thirteen when he first read Admiral Richard E. Byrd's book Little America. From that story of intrepid adventurers camped out on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 1928, Barell developed many questions about the heroes who risked their lives to conquer the South Pole: Why did they sail south to explore? How did they survive? What kept them safe and secure? What did they discover, and what is the future of this southern continent enshrouded in mystery, snow, and ice? So Barell wrote Admiral Byrd, who not only answered with four letters but who also invited him to visit and urged him to explore Antarctica.

Barell sailed to Antarctica on board Admiral Byrd's flagship, the USS Glacier, and served as Operations Officer during Operation DeepFreeze '63 and '64. Subsequently, he became an educator attempting to explore the many possibilities for educating young people in non-traditional settings in New York City and at Montclair State University (NJ). His published writings reflect an attempt to challenge students and their teachers to take risks by adventuring into complex situations to inquire, solve problems, and think critically.

Now professor emeritus at Montclair, Barell worked for several years as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, helping students and teachers develop their inquisitiveness about the wonders of earth and space. Visit his website to learn more.

Reviews:

“A rippin’ good yarn—one which makes you turn the page, over and over again. But it’s more than this. It is historically faithful to the extraordinary, epic voyage of Sir James Clark Ross. It captures the characters of the leader and those whom he led in the treacherous waters and ice of Antarctica. It brings events, which happened over 150 years ago, vividly to life. A compelling read.” – James Ross, great-great-grandson of Admiral Sir James Clark Ross, Commander of the Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions during the years 1839-43

“For the mariner, this tale is a humbling reminder of the mystery and the mastery of the sea. For the adventurer, the story of hardy shipmates sailing a small bomb vessel in the wildest place on earth stretches the imagination. For all readers, the lessons for young Davey, from adolescence to experience and eagerness to patience, catch the spirit as dashing sea conquests lash us to the mast and hold us there.” – Captain Nonnie Thompson, USCG Merchant Marine Officer

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A Thousand Tears

Subtitle: A Novel about the Great Famine in Ireland

Author: Sullivan, Paul

Subjects: Historical Fiction; Irish Potato Famine

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-576-9

Order code: 5769

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 5769S

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The Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the years 1845-1849 killed about a million people and caused about a million more to flee the country in search of a better life. It was a time of mass starvation and disease, and it had deep political, cultural, demographic, and social consequences. These facts are hard to read and even harder to understand fully. A Thousand Tears puts the story of that desperate time period in context through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Fanny and her family as they struggle to survive. Fanny, her parents, her sick little brother, and her elderly grandfather draw on the strength of family bonds as the world they know becomes harder and harder to navigate. The novel offers a hard look at one of the most significant periods in Irish history.

The Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the years 1845-1849 killed about a million people and caused about a million more to flee the country in search of a better life. It was a time of mass starvation and disease, and it had deep political, cultural, demographic, and social consequences. These facts are hard to read and even harder to understand fully. A Thousand Tears puts the story of that desperate time period in context through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Fanny and her family as they struggle to survive. Fanny, her parents, her sick little brother, and her elderly grandfather draw on the strength of family bonds as the world they know becomes harder and harder to navigate. The novel offers a hard look at one of the most significant periods in Irish history.

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