Together with others in the series, this stands as an excellent vehicle to spur interest in archaeology and history.

A BONE TO PICK

From the Peggy Henderson Adventures series , Vol. 4

At age 13, Peggy already has plenty of experience in archaeology, and she’s determined to let everyone know it in this fourth series installment.

Peggy feels terribly disappointed when her archaeologist friend Eddy can’t take her on a new dig to find evidence of the Vikings at the site of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. When a job as the cook’s helper opens up, Eddy scores it for Peggy. Peggy, however, hates cooking and refuses to follow even the simplest recipe. She wants to spend her time with Eddy’s archaeology students on the site, but when she gets the chance, she boasts about her superior knowledge one too many times. Banished, she spends time at the visitors center, where she meets a girl her age, Louise, who has made a pretty impressive find herself. But Louise wants to keep it a secret and excavate it with Peggy’s help. Peggy knows that their efforts would destroy the site, but she can’t break her promise to Louise to keep it secret. Interwoven with Peggy’s story, McMurchy-Barber presents the eventually intersecting story of Sigrid, an ancient Norse girl who dreams of being a warrior instead of a wife. The author confidently presents Peggy as a flawed character with a good heart, and she includes accurate information about the Norsemen.

Together with others in the series, this stands as an excellent vehicle to spur interest in archaeology and history. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Dec. 15, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4597-3072-4

Page Count: 168

Publisher: Dundurn

Review Posted Online: Sept. 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2015

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A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not only for their king, who was in the habit...

NUMBER THE STARS

The author of the Anastasia books as well as more serious fiction (Rabble Starkey, 1987) offers her first historical fiction—a story about the escape of the Jews from Denmark in 1943.

Five years younger than Lisa in Carol Matas' Lisa's War (1989), Annemarie Johansen has, at 10, known three years of Nazi occupation. Though ever cautious and fearful of the ubiquitous soldiers, she is largely unaware of the extent of the danger around her; the Resistance kept even its participants safer by telling them as little as possible, and Annemarie has never been told that her older sister Lise died in its service. When the Germans plan to round up the Jews, the Johansens take in Annemarie's friend, Ellen Rosen, and pretend she is their daughter; later, they travel to Uncle Hendrik's house on the coast, where the Rosens and other Jews are transported by fishing boat to Sweden. Apart from Lise's offstage death, there is little violence here; like Annemarie, the reader is protected from the full implications of events—but will be caught up in the suspense and menace of several encounters with soldiers and in Annemarie's courageous run as courier on the night of the escape. The book concludes with the Jews' return, after the war, to homes well kept for them by their neighbors.

A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not only for their king, who was in the habit of riding alone in Copenhagen, but for their Jews. (Historical fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1, 1989

ISBN: 0547577095

Page Count: 156

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1989

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Though occasionally heavy-handed, this debut offers a vivid glimpse of the 1960s South through the eyes of a spirited girl...

GLORY BE

The closing of her favorite swimming pool opens 11-year-old Gloriana Hemphill’s eyes to the ugliness of racism in a small Mississippi town in 1964.

Glory can’t believe it… the Hanging Moss Community Pool is closing right before her July Fourth birthday. Not only that, she finds out the closure’s not for the claimed repairs needed, but so Negroes can’t swim there. Tensions have been building since “Freedom Workers” from the North started shaking up status quo, and Glory finds herself embroiled in it when her new, white friend from Ohio boldly drinks from the “Colored Only” fountain. The Hemphills’ African-American maid, Emma, a mother figure to Glory and her sister Jesslyn, tells her, “Don’t be worrying about what you can’t fix, Glory honey.” But Glory does, becoming an activist herself when she writes an indignant letter to the newspaper likening “hateful prejudice” to “dog doo” that makes her preacher papa proud. When she’s not saving the world, reading Nancy Drew or eating Dreamsicles, Glory shares the heartache of being the kid sister of a preoccupied teenager, friendship gone awry and the terrible cost of blabbing people’s secrets… mostly in a humorously sassy first-person voice.

Though occasionally heavy-handed, this debut offers a vivid glimpse of the 1960s South through the eyes of a spirited girl who takes a stand. (Historical fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-33180-7

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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