Series nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read.
The Divided Decade Collection includes three stand-alone novels that view the American Civil War through three different lenses. All three have been highly acclaimed by home-schoolers and teachers like and are regularly purchased for classroom use. The books can be read out of order. Set also includes two bonus short stories. Over 500 pages.
THE CANDLE STAR
After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There Emily meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.
BLOOD OF PIONEERS
Hannah Wallace craves excitement, but all local adventures dried up long ago, when her parents unpacked their wagon on the Michigan frontier. Then war breaks out and her father and older brother leave to fight the Confederacy. Hannah is left at home chafing under the boredom of never-ending chores, jealous of her brother's lucky opportunity, and haunted by old memories--until unscrupulous speculators set their sights on the unmanned farm. The one place she longs to leave suddenly becomes the one place she'll risk everything to save.
BENEATH THE SLASHINGS
(Slashings--n. Broken branches, splintered trunks, and other debris left on the ground after lumbering: The slashings lay strewn about like casualties of war, cold, gray and skeletal.)
Grace Nickerson's life has been shattered by four years of war. She's desperate to return to a sense of normalcy, but soon after her father returns, he sells the farm and drags the family to a lumber camp in Michigan's northern wilderness. Living in the primitive camp is dangerous enough, with its rough loggers and hard-bitten soldiers, but then a series of accidents prove intentional. Who is sabotaging the camp, and why? Will the winter in the woods bring the healing Grace's family needs? Or will it drive a wedge between Grace and her father?
Likened to the rich literary style of Ann Rinaldi but with its own twist of adventure, the Divided Decade Collection wraps American history in an exciting, kid-pleasing package. Find out why so many teachers have incorporated this Civil War historical fiction series into classrooms across the country.
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