Betsy Ross's Star (Blast to the Past Series #8)

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What do you really know about the Stars and Stripes?

When Mr. C tells the class they'll be learning about Betsy Ross, Abigail is confused. What could the "what-if" question be?

Turns out that no one knows for sure if Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag! But whether she did or not, the kids have a job to do — Babs Magee is up to her ...

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Overview


What do you really know about the Stars and Stripes?

When Mr. C tells the class they'll be learning about Betsy Ross, Abigail is confused. What could the "what-if" question be?

Turns out that no one knows for sure if Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag! But whether she did or not, the kids have a job to do — Babs Magee is up to her old tricks and plans to take credit for sewing the flag. Abigail and the boys see this as their chance not only to stop Babs, but also to set history straight.

But once they start trying to figure out the truth, what they discover surprises them all....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
When I went to school, we all learned that Betsy Ross made the first American flag. The "Blast to the Past" series like the "Magic Tree House" series transports kids to different times in history so they can learn what really happened. In this case the four time travelers have a real difference of opinion. Bo strongly believes that Betsy's making of the first flag is only a legend and that no one knows who really made the first flag with its thirteen stripes and thirteen stars. There is even a very famous signer of the Declaration of Independence who claims that he designed the flag and even submitted a bill to Congress for payment. There is also a villain in this time travel tale—Babs Magee, who has escaped into the past and wants to claim credit for creating the flag. Will the kids find out the truth in the time allotted? Will William Canby give his speech about his grandmother, and will the four friends ever stop squabbling and become a team again? It is a quick read, but it will make kids stop and think about history, how research is undertaken, and how sometimes legends do indeed become the fabric of our history—and that it is not all that bad.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416933885
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Blast to the Past Series , #8
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacia Deutsch is the author of more than fifty children’s books, including the eight-book, award-winning chapter book series Blast to the Past. She has also written the tween novel Mean Ghouls as well as books for the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and The Boxcar Children series. Stacia has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the novelizations of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Smurfs movies. For new releases and school visit information visit StaciaDeutsch.com.

Rhody Cohon does all the research and editing for the Blast to the Past series. She has a master’s degree in computer engineering. Rhody lives with her family in Tuscon, Arizona.

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PROLOGUE

TIME TRAVEL

If you said to me, "Hey, Abigail! What's your favorite thing in the whole world?" I would have to answer, "History Club."

History Club is way better than art projects. Better than mini golf. Even better than eating pizza with sausage and extra cheese.

After school on Mondays, our third-grade social studies teacher, Mr. Caruthers, sends three of my friends and me on a mission back in time. Jacob, his twin brother Zack, Bo, and I call our top secret time-travel adventures "History Club."

And our teacher, Mr. Caruthers, is so super cool, we call him "Mr. C." One day a woman named Babs Magee stole a time-travel computer that Mr. C invented in his laboratory under the school gym. Now she's popping around history, visiting important people on a list of names that Mr. C made.

Babs Magee wants to be famous. But she doesn't want to work for it. She'd rather steal other people's inventions or ideas.

It's a lame way to get famous. When Mr. C discovered what Babs Magee was doing, he knew he needed to keep history straight. Since he is too busy working on a new invention, he asked Bo, Jacob, Zack, and me to help him out. It's our job to go back in time and convince those famous Americans not to give up their dreams.

Mr. C gave us a brand-new time-travel computer. It looks like a hand-held video game with a larger screen and extra buttons. When we put a special cartridge in the back, a glowing green hole opens and we jump through time. Taking the cartridge out brings us home again.

We have two hours to get the task done. So far we've been really lucky. On all our adventures, Jacob, Zack, Bo, and I have managed to keep history on track. We've foiled Babs Magee's schemes, and landed back at school with seconds to spare.

Today is Monday. I can hardly wait for school to end and History Club to begin.

Text copyright © 2007 by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

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