Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In Search of Molly Pitcher by Linda Grant De Pauw

I cannot speak enough praise for this fantastic new juvenile fiction book! I read a lot of books and with my job, definitely a lot of juvenile fiction books, but I have yet to find a book that combines social studies information (that means learning) and a well-written story with perfectly developed characters. That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of great books out there that help children learn as they entertain; I write about those types of books all the time, I was just very impressed with Ms. De Pauw’s work.

In Search of Molly Pitcher introduces the reader to Peggy McAllister, an eighth grader that always gets good grades, but also always annoys her teachers with her in-depth questioning about every subject. When Peggy learns about an award she could win for writing a school year-long research paper on a great American hero, she knows she can win the prize. However, when she chooses Molly Pitcher as her subject, her teacher is less than thrilled. He insists that not enough information has been written on Molly Pitcher to fulfill the page requirement and that Peggy will end up failing the project altogether. Determined to prove him wrong, Peggy throws her heart into the project, learning not only about Molly Pitcher, but about her neighbors, her family history, and herself as well.

After reading this book, the reader will have so much information on Molly Pitcher, presented to them in an entertaining way, that I almost guarantee they will be hoping for Peggy to have to write another research paper so we can have another book! Informative, fun, and well written, this book is definitely a winner.

1 comment:

Mary Emma Allen said...

This sounds like a great read. I enjoy history and making it interesting and exciting for youngsters. My love of history was inspired by my parents who took my siblings and me to historic sites as we traveled. They also pointed us toward historical fiction.