Once on This Island   -     By: Gloria Whelan
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War has started between England and the United States. Young Mary O'Shea is left all alone to tend to the farm and watch over her sister Angelique when her father is called off to fight in the mainland. With courage and quick cleverness they are able to outsmart British soldiers, tolerate 2 harsh winters, and are able to keep the farm in one piece.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: HarperCollins
Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0064406199
ISBN-13: 9780064406192
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Ages: 9-13

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When war erupts between England and America in 1812, it brings change and uncertainty—even to Michigan's remote Mackinac Island. For young Mary O'Shea, the hardest change is the departure of her father, who leaves Mackinac to join the American Army. With her sister and brother, Mary must tend the farm, deal with the hardships of British occupation, and hope for the safe return of their father.

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Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square; Burying the Sun; Once on This Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; and Return to the Island. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 7, 2008
    Debbie
    I am a homeschool mom. I highly recommend this book. This book brings the War of 1812 to life as the reader sees how the war effects the characters from different points of view - British soldiers, American soldiers,Indians, families / common people. While boys may enjoy it, I think it is an excellent choice for girls that need or want to cover this time period but aren't into all the "blood and guts" that boy tend to be into.Things that some may concern some:Lies: Mary lies to British to prevent aiding them. Her brother lies about where he is going. Both girls lie to protect their brother from being captured by the British.Dancing: It is only mentioned that Marys older sister goes to dances at the fort. Threats: p 146 the thieves who have been locked up in the barn yell a threat to Mary and her sister Let us out or well crush every bone in your body! Well boil you in oil! Well tear you apart! (this is the only kind of comment like this in the book)If you like this, I recommend these as well:Tolivers Secret The Cabin Faced West This book has sequels: (I Havent read these)Farewell to the IslandReturn to the Island
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