King's Courage (Blast to the Past Series #4) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Get out the vote!

It's another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo -- they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they've got to do it with the twins' baby brother, Gabe, in tow!

But today's mission will be more ...
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King's Courage (Blast to the Past Series #4)

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Overview

Get out the vote!

It's another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo -- they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they've got to do it with the twins' baby brother, Gabe, in tow!

But today's mission will be more challenging -- and more suprising -- than any that they've faced so far. Luckily this time they'll get some help from two very special people....
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
If babysitting a two-year-old were not already hard enough, the gang from the "Blast to the Past" series has to keep their eyes on Jacob and Zack's baby brother Gabe as they travel back and forth between 1965 and the present. To make matters worse, their teacher Dr. C's travel-machine computer is broken, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is ready to give up his dream after the disappointment of "Turn Around Tuesday." Can the kids keep Baby Gabe from disappearing, fix the computer, and convince Dr. King to lead the march on the capital in Montgomery? With the amazing memory and knowledge of Mexican-American Bo, the compassion of narrator Abigail, and the determination of the twins, the readers have positive peer role-models helping bring history to life. Fortunately, the characters are also real and likeable, best shown when the twins express their disagreements and frustrations about the setbacks and learn how to get along in difficult situations by tying in lessons to their own lives from the Civil Rights Movement. Teachers and students will also appreciate the focus on the positive changes America has experienced over the past 50 years, strengthened by statistics and information Bo provides about the 1960s, as well as the factual clarifications in the post-log "Letter to the Readers." Both the story and the characters help the reader appreciate America today, in spite of an ugly chapter in our history.
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this fourth installment of the "Blast to the Past" series, the kids in the time-traveling "History Club" are sent back to Alabama in 1965, on the eve of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The four youths—one white girl, two white boys, and one Latino boy—convince a discouraged Martin Luther King, Jr. to stick with the civil rights movement by transporting him to the future so he can see what his efforts ultimately achieve. Young readers may enjoy cheering for fictional peers who travel through time to alter the course of human history, but the premise for this series is both preposterous and slanderous to America's heroes, who are portrayed as a bunch of whiny would-be quitters. The History Club adviser has a "little black book full of names" of famous Americans who "for some mysterious reason" are all quitting: "They weren't inventing, or speaking out, or fighting for what was right. They were giving up on their dreams!" Because Mr. C needs time "to focus on his newest invention," he sends his four students off on urgent missions to convince these quitters to un-quit. By the end of this story, a self-pitying Dr. King ("I have headaches and my stomach hurts") grudgingly decides to march forward, after all. Originally published in 2006, the book is dated, sadly, by its inability to reference the Obama election as part of King's civil rights legacy. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439104033
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: Blast to the Past Series , #4
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 841,953
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Wow

    What a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Martin luther King

    He did a great job in our communties and all the way around the world! This book is somthing to charish

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Wow wow wow

    This book is so amazing. You gotta read it !!!

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    Posted October 31, 2011

    Yaya! :p

    My friend' s mom made this book. It had her name in it, Eliana

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