American Challenge: Revolution, A New Nation, and Westward Expansion - eBook  -     By: Susan Miller, JoAnn Grote, Veda Jones
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 American Challenge: Revolution, A New Nation, and Westward Expansion - eBook

Barbour Books / 2011 / ePub

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American Dream will transport you back in time to the formative years of our nation, teaching important lessons of history and Christian faith. Featuring four fictional stories in one book, this book also includes bonus educational materials such as glossaries, time lines, and brief biographies of key historical figures, making it ideal for personal or homeschool reading. Stories include:
  • Lydia the Patriot: a 12-year-old's life is changed by the Boston Massacre
  • Kate and the Spies: an 11-year-old must choose sides-political and family-in the American Revolution
  • Betsy's River Adventure: a 13-year-old leaves everything familiar in Boston for the frontier town of Cincinnati
  • Grace and the Bully: a 10-year-old experiences poverty during a time of drought and depression

Product Information

Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781607425328
ISBN-13: 9781607425328
Ages: 8-12

Publisher's Description

Girls are girls wherever they live—and the Sisters in Time series shows that girls are girls whenever they lived, too! This new collection brings together four historical fiction books for 8–12-year-old girls: Lydia the Patriot: The Boston Massacre (covering the year 1770), Kate and the Spies: The American Revolution (1775), Betsy’s River Adventure: The Journey Westward (1808), and Grace and the Bully: Drought on the Frontier (1819), American Challenge will transport readers back to the formative years of our nation, teaching important lessons of history and Christian faith. Featuring bonus educational materials such as time lines and brief biographies of key historical figures, American Challenge is ideal for anytime reading and an excellent resource for home schooling.


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Author Bio

Susan Martins Miller has been writing and shaping books for more than twenty years. She has nearly sixty books to her credit in various genres, including titles for both children and adults, and books to enjoy at home or use in church ministry. Colorado Springs is home, where she lives with her husband and two young adult children.

JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA,  JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn’s love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters’ lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.

Norma Jean Lutz began her professional writing career in 1977, when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 200 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. She is also author of five published teen novels.

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  1. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great tie in for homeschool!
    June 18, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We are studying early America and this book has really gotten my 13yo interested. She stays up late to read.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good for midddle and high school
    February 3, 2012
    Diane Kiley
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book is a great history lesson. The information in the back of the book is very informatinve. The writer gives us a small taste of what the families must have gone through at these time periods.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must-Read for any Sisters in Time Fan!
    October 16, 2011
    Book # 1 Lydia the Patriot: Lydia the Patriot, was quite interesting, as it revolved around the Boston Massacre. It also portrayed a great example of character development. Although Lydia is not very well behaved at the beginning of the story, always pouting or fitting when she doesn't get her own way, she does develop a much more respectable behavior by the end of the story. One aspect of this book that I didn't like however, was that, although this is the Sisters in Time series, and the book is entitled Lydia the Patriot, it is really more about her brother, Stephen. It is from Stephen's point of view that the story is told, not Lydia's, and it voices Stephen's thoughts, and again, not Lydia's. Lydia is more of a minor character than a main character.

    Book #2 Kate and the Spies: Although much of the beginning was painfully slow, partway through this book, it took an abrupt turn to being the story of an intriguing, suspenseful, and dangerous adventure. This book tells what life was like soon after the Boston Tea Party, for both Loyalists and Patriots, and also of the Patriotic group of spies which Kate joins. One negative part of this book that needs to be mentioned however, is that, throughout the story, Kate keeps numerous secrets from her parents, and, even worse, never tells her secrets to them before the end of the story. Also, Kate's friendship with Sarah is broken, and is never rekindled. On the more positive side however, Kate and the Spies, is sure to teach you some interesting American history.

    Book #3 Betsy's River Adventure: Betsy's River Adventure is, without a doubt, the best Sisters in Time book that I have ever read! It was interesting, sometimes suspenseful, and often, very humorous. Another great quality of this book is the morals. Betsy usually tries to treat her pesky cousin George, with love, and patience, the way God would want her to treat him. And although she does get carried away sometimes with her plans of revenge, she almost always wishes that she hadn't done it. Betsy's River Adventure was also set in the time era of westward expansion, which is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting historical time periods.

    Book #4 Grace and the Bully: Grace and the Bully is a story with comedy, excitement, and great morals of loving, and praying for people, even if they just don't seem lovable. This book also has a large assortment of characters, from the beautiful Sadie Rose, to the horrible Raggy Langler. Although Grace disobeys her parents frequently, in the end, all of the more serious secrets are brought out in the open, and Grace is punished according to what her parents see fit. Yet another reason to give Grace and the Bully a five star rating, is the ideal ending of the story. It was wonderful to see the story end just how I wanted it to, and with an unexpected surprise to top it all off.

    Overall, this collection of Sisters in Time books is a wonderful read.

    ***Note*** I would like to thank Barbour Publishing House for sending me this book, free of charge, for review purposes. Thank you!!
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Glimpse into American History for Children
    August 1, 2011
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I decided to step out of adult fiction and reminisce a bit while reading the collection of American Challenge stories. When I was in elementary school, I adored the American Girls books, so I was drawn to historical setting of these inspirational fiction stories for children. It is always refreshing to see fiction for children and young adults that introduce characters that young readers, especially girls, can admire. The American Challenge collection offers readers a glimpse into various aspects of American history through the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At times, the sections of historical fact make the plot move slowly. Some of the language could be more authentic to the time periods, but the "modern" dialogue probably makes the characters more relatable to today's youth.

    As an adult, I have read other fiction geared to the 8-12 year age group that has completely captured my interest. This collection did not draw me in, but I believe I would have enjoyed the books as a child. The stories introduce light elements of faith and teach good lessons about morality and character, while presenting key aspects of our nation's history from the perspective of young characters.

    I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley, courtesy of Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    America Grows with Challenges
    July 30, 2011
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    1770 - 1819


    1) Lydia the Patriot by Susan Martins Miller takes place during the time of the Boston Massacre. Lydia's family is divided in how they feel about the British occupation of Boston. What Lydia can't see is the person behind the uniform and as a result is cruel to anyone who does not hate the British. But when violence again erupts in Boston and her taunts place her family in danger, she learns a valuable lesson in the value of family!

    2) Kate and the Spies by JoAnn A. Grote, is set in Boston at the time of the Boston Tea Party. Kate and Colin are cousins who get caught up in Boston's struggle for freedom from Britain's blockade and occupation of the city. Acting as spies Kate and Collin help British deserters escape and warn Paul Revere of British plans to move on Concord.

    3) Betsy's River Adventure by Veda Boyd Jones, chronicles America's expansion west. Betsy Miller's family is moving from Boston to Cincinnati where her father will open a medical practice and her uncle will find work as a builder. While traveling the Ohio River by flatboat Betsy learns some valuable lessons about herself and her cousin George. Along the way both cousin grow and learn to appreciate each other for who they are.

    4) Grace and the Bully by Norma Jean Lutz, takes place in 1819. Cincinnati is an exciting place to live but when the Ohio River becomes too low for boats to travel on it, Cincinnati suffers. Money is scarce, food is in short supply, and jobs are gone. But the year of hardship teaches lessons in patience and the value of not judging others too quickly.

    At the end of the book there is Bonus Educational Material. For each story there are vocabulary words, important people and places and a timeline to put the story into perspective of the world at that time. This would be an excellent book for classroom teachers, home-schoolers or study groups.
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