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Rifles For Watie Review – Ginger Gionet

Rifles for Watie – By Harold Keith

Rifles for Watie was full of risky adventures and many losses of great friends! I hope many other young adults my age will someday read it. It was a book I will never forget! I understand the civil war(s) a lot better now that I have read that book. I would definatly recommend it!

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Book Reviews and Evaluations

If you have read one of the titles in our Critique For Points” program please send me your personal evaluation so I can post it on our blog.  In addition ,  if you are excited about a novel that you have recently read, send a short blurb and evaluation.  Send word documents to: vcthorson@seattleschools.org

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Critique For Points…Revisited!

Rifles For Watie by  Harold Keith

Rifles for Watie is about a 16 year old boy, Jeff Busey, who embarks on one of the biggest challenges of his life; joining the Union. Soon, however, he discovers that Watie and the Indians are not as malicious as the Union soldiers told him. He finds the Union is almost worst then the rebels; stealing their food and unmercifully killing the Indians infront of everyone. Slowly, Jeff even falls in love with a rebel girl, which takes him to the most vital decision of all: Fight for what everyone says he’s supposed to fight for, or fight for what he believes is right.

Witch of Blackbird Pond By Elizabeth George-Speare

Speare’s second novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is a romantic, historical tale about a young girl’s rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings. Kit is a free-spirited sixteen-year-old colonial girl from Barbados who comes to live with relatives in the solemn, hard-working town of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Kit feels trapped and lonely in her new life until the day she finds refuge in the Meadows. There she meets an old Quaker woman named Hannah, who is known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Uncle Matthew forbids Kit to see Hannah, but Kit persists in visiting her friend and even helps an abused child named Prudence find solace there. When an epidemic causes the townspeople to go after Hannah for practicing witchcraft, Kit helps her escape. Then Kit herself becomes the subject of the witch hunt. Her incarceration and trial force her to reexamine her feelings towards two young men and her future. In the end, Kit must choose the direction her life will take.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

This story is a fantasy about a family named Tuck who accidentally stumble upon a spring in a wood, which has the ability to give eternal life. They don’t realize at first what they have drunk until they realize that their bodies are not aging and they cannot be hurt or harmed in any way. They travel quietly around the countryside; never staying in one place too long so that people will not realize their secret. Into this family comes Winnie Foster, a little girl in search of freedom. She learns their secret and falls in love with them so deeply that she will do anything to protect them. The family and Winnie then must face a villain who would steal their secret for himself.

The Adventure of Ulysses – Bernard Evslin

“The Adventures of Ulysses” by Bernard Evslin is a modern interpretation of Homer’s classic “The Odyssey.” The story follows Ulysses’ journey to Ithaca, his home, after his efforts in the Trojan War. While being plagued by the god of the sea, Poseidon, Ulysses and his crew falter through many adventures before Ulysses finally finds his way home. 

Here’s a great article you should read on how to write a good book review – “Beginner’s Guide to Book Reviewing.”


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Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Summary:

Doomed to-or blessed with-eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

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The Adventures of Ulysses – Bernard Evslin

Summary:

He was the greatest hero the world has ever known!

Ulysses, fearsome leader of the Greek forces, conquers Troy. He and his men embark upon a glorious journey home, unaware that they have angered the gods. Their journey will last for ten long years, riddled with more perils than the imagination can conceive.

The leader of the Greek forces returning from Troy encounters the Cyclops, the beautiful sorceress Circe, and more, as he tries to ward off the anger of the gods.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare

Summary:
Speare’s second novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is a romantic, historical tale about a young girl’s rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings. Kit is a free-spirited sixteen-year-old colonial girl from Barbados who comes to live with relatives in the solemn, hard-working town of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Kit feels trapped and lonely in her new life until the day she finds refuge in the Meadows. There she meets an old Quaker woman named Hannah, who is known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Uncle Matthew forbids Kit to see Hannah, but Kit persists in visiting her friend and even helps an abused child named Prudence find solace there. When an epidemic causes the townspeople to go after Hannah for practicing witchcraft, Kit helps her escape. Then Kit herself becomes the subject of the witch hunt. Her incarceration and trial force her to reexamine her feelings towards two young men and her future. In the end, Kit must choose the direction her life will take.

 

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“Critique For Points” Book List

Rifles For Watie by  Harold Keith

Rifles for Watie” is about a 16 year old boy, Jeff Busey, who embarks on one of the biggest challenges of his life; joining the Union. Soon, however, he discovers that Watie and the Indians are not as malicious as the Union soldiers told him. He finds the Union is almost worst then the rebels; stealing their food and unmercifully killing the Indians infront of everyone. Slowly, Jeff even falls in love with a rebel girl, which takes him to the most vital decision of all: Fight for what everyone says he’s supposed to fight for, or fight for what he believes is right.” – Harold Keith

Witch of Blackbird Pond By Elizabeth George-Speare

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

The Adventure of Ulysses

Here’s a great article you should read on how to write a good book review – “Beginner’s Guide to Book Reviewing.”


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