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The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1
     

The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1

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by Bruce Catton
 

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Alice and Patrick are getting married! They have to plan a wedding and honeymoon and set up a home, all for five thousand dollars — as an assignment for a Critical Choices unit in health class. And some of their classmates are facing even tougher make-believe situations.

But sometimes Alice feels as if her real life is just as complicated. Critical

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Alice and Patrick are getting married! They have to plan a wedding and honeymoon and set up a home, all for five thousand dollars — as an assignment for a Critical Choices unit in health class. And some of their classmates are facing even tougher make-believe situations.

But sometimes Alice feels as if her real life is just as complicated. Critical Choices is supposed to teach Alice and her friends how to make decisions — but how can you plan for anything when life seems like an obstacle course?

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Library Journal
Released in 1961 and 1963, respectively, these are the first two volumes in Catton's exhaustive trilogy on the Civil War. Fury traces the events that led to war during the 12 months prior to actual combat. Sword dissects the combatants reassessment of their positions and strategies during early skirmishes. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this newest stage of Alice's journey to adulthood, the appealing heroine begins eighth grade with a million questions and few answers. Her health teacher, Mr. Everett, has assigned the members of the class various real-life scenarios to investigate and come to terms with. Some of Alice's friends are facing teenage pregnancy, shoplifting, totaling a car, and arranging a funeral. Alice and her friend Patrick are to plan their wedding, honeymoon, find an apartment, and buy furniture on a very limited budget. With her great sense of humor, Naylor once again captures the true turmoil of adolescence. The awkward feelings and questions about budding bodies and an awareness of the opposite sex are handled in a true-to-life but lighthearted and sensitive manner. Some questions go unanswered, but life will eventually fill in those blanks. Naylor obviously has fun exploring friendship, family, relationships, and even love. With all of these issues permeating the story, Alice and her friends are a little more serious than in previous titles, but readers will still find plenty to laugh at and cheer about. Alice in Lace leaves readers wanting to see where life will take Alice next but still hoping that she won't grow up too fast.-Tracey Kroll, Brookland Middle School, Richmond, VA
Hazel Rochman
What happens if you get pregnant? What happens if you're caught shoplifting? How much does a wedding cost? Alice's eighth-grade health class is studying Critical Choices: investigating and role-playing "how the choices you make now can affect the rest of your life." The latest in Naylor's wonderful series about Alice is more didactic than usual: like Anne Fine's "Flour Babies" (1994), the story openly explores such issues as unplanned, unwanted pregnancy and how babies can begin--and end--dreams. There's a contrived subplot in which an angry girl in the class falsely accuses the teacher of sexual harassment; but for most of the story, Alice's comic, affectionate narrative captures the bumblings and failures and intimacies of growing up female now. As Alice and her classmates try out adult roles, it's a bit like playing house and dress-up; it's also very clear that lack of planning can mean serious trouble. The message is all the more convincing because it isn't simplistic. Naylor is honest--you can't control everything that happens to you, nor would you want to.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385098137
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/1961
Series:
Centennial History of the Civil War Series , #1
Pages:
565

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The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catton effectively outlines the political, cultural, economic, and psychological issues that led up to the firing on Ft. Sumter. He vividly describes the personalities involved in the political arena of the Civil War - many of whom receive little if any recognition in our history books. His writing style holds the readers attention and provides clarity to what can be a muddled antebellum landscape.
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A_Noble_Barn_Burning More than 1 year ago
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