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VOYAThis series highlights four extraordinary women of the American Revolution-Martha Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, Phillis Wheatley, and Abigail Adams. Filled with color illustrations (contemporary engravings often misleadingly tinted for a newer market), maps, time lines, interesting factoids, and suggested readings, these titles might seem ideal for young people, perhaps designed especially for younger teen reluctant readers faced with selecting a biography for a school assignment. Relying completely on secondary sources, fictionalized biographies, and published correspondence, these books provide speculative and generally accurate portraits of remarkable women. Occasionally marred by sloppy editing, sentimentality, and jarringly colloquial language, the books will, no doubt, find a place in school and public libraries where curriculum-supporting biographies and Accelerated Reader titles flourish. (Signature Lives: Revolutionary War Period). VOYA CODES: 2Q 1P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; No YA will read unless forced to for assignments; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
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