Broken Ladders

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Overview

Divided Decade Trilogy, book two. Hannah Wallace would like nothing better than to escape the tedium and never-ending work of the family farm. She feels lost among so many siblings and haunted by the memory of a brother that Pa wanted more than he wanted her. She needs a chance to set herself apart, but nothing exciting ever happens in Wayland.

When war breaks out between the states, her father and brother leave to fight, but the army isn’t ...
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Overview

Divided Decade Trilogy, book two. Hannah Wallace would like nothing better than to escape the tedium and never-ending work of the family farm. She feels lost among so many siblings and haunted by the memory of a brother that Pa wanted more than he wanted her. She needs a chance to set herself apart, but nothing exciting ever happens in Wayland.

When war breaks out between the states, her father and brother leave to fight, but the army isn’t open to twelve-year-old girls. All the local dangers dried up years ago – soon after her parents unloaded their wagon on Michigan’s fast-filling frontier – leaving Hannah with nothing but pretend adventures. Before long, the pressures of running an unmanned farm wring even her imagination dry.

Then the farm is threatened. Hannah vows to save it to finally prove herself to Pa. Her determination catches her up in the adventure she’s always longed for and leads to some discoveries about herself that she never expected. Ages 10+
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466498150
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Isenhoff writes adventures for kids of all ages. Sometimes they take place in the past, such as her popular Civil War-era Divided Decade Trilogy and The Color of Freedom. Other times they involve fantastical plots or new worlds, as in The Quill Pen and Song of the Mountain. More recently, Michelle had a blast writing the first book in her humorous, high-action Taylor Davis series.

Michelle will never market profanity or controversy to her young audience. Instead, she relies on fun, solid story-telling. She prefers stories with some depth to them, and especially enjoys beautifully crafted language and a hero who grows and learns and changes. Michelle often receives emails from grown-ups (as old as 79) who encourage her to keep writing for “us kids!”
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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    Civil War era fighting not only on war fields, but on farms, too

    My thoughts: Michelle Isenhoff brings us book 2 in the Divided Decade Trilogy. Book 1 was The Candle Star. In "Broken Ladders" Ms. Isenhoff introduces us to the Wallace family in Wayland, Michigan - not quite the wilderness it once was but still a fast-filling frontier. The Civil War has not actually come to their back yard, but it is impacting their family, their farm, and their town drastically. Hannah Wallace, the 12-year-old daughter of the house, moans the fact that her Pa and older brother have left to fight. This leaves Hannah's mother, her older brother Joel, and her younger brother Justin, and herself to fight the daily battles of running the farm alone. There is a loan that Pa has taken out on the farm in order to have seed and other items needed. It must be paid. But Hannah doesn't want to stay and farm. She wants to be a boy and be able to fight. But there aren't many dangers around which leaves Hannah's fertile imagination to run rampant along with that of Justin and her friend, Wes. Every free opportunity they, as children are wont to do, run off and fight their pretend war against the South. The battle is not always on the battleground or field. It is very often fought in the homes and on the farms. That is the case here. No shots are fired. No lives lost. But they are fighting a mighty battle. To save the farm. The determination of Hannah, Joel, and Justin to do just this is inspiring and telling of the character of the pioneers of this great country that is the United States of America. One of my daughters is a special education teacher and has taught middle and high school students. Here are some comments regarding this author's writing and this book which she shared with me: 1. The author has beautiful use of figurative language. 2. Children can relate to the dialogue of these lively characters. 3. Parents will love the liberal sprinkling of historical facts throughout the books. Another book by Michelle Isenhoff that I have reviewed is The Color of Freedom. The author's books are written for the 9 to 15 year old market and she promises adventure. She also promises to protect the innocence of children in her writing. DISCLOSURE: The author provided a complimentary copy of Broken Ladders as a donation to our school in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

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    Posted July 9, 2012

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    Name: Poppyseed mate: none kits: flowerkit description: white with little brown spots on her back and brown eyes crush: why should i tell rank: queen

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