The Matchlock Gun

The Matchlock Gun


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698116801
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 256,345
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Walter D. Edmonds was born in 1903 in New York state. His 1936 novel, Drums Along the Mohawk, was a bestseller for two years. His later works received major literary awards, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal. He died in 1998.

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Matchlock Gun 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another Newbery tale that was once popular and now is seen as wrong-minded. This is an old family story of a boy who saved his mother and sister from Indian attack in the early years of New York. The boy was able to fire off an ancient family gun and stop the invaders from destroying his family. I understand how a group of people, in this case the Native Americans, can be unilaterally seen as cruel and aggressive from books such as Daniel Boone and The Matchlock Gun, but another part of me sees this book as part of history, albeit a part of history that is no longer recognized as unbiased.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This story was enjoyable enough, but it lacked substance. Just as the story should have picked up steam, it was over.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The most enjoyable part of this book is the fact that it is based on a real event in the lives of real people. I found Gertrude to be such a brave person and an inspiration to her children. But it's hard to imagine any modern child being so obedient as Trudy and Edward were!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THis summary is about a book called:The Matchlock Gun and it's about three people Gertrude (mother) Trudy (daughter) and Edward (son). now these three people live in the woods in a little town and the father goes to war. The thing is he hasn't returned for four days. So Gertrude comes up with an plan to defend there home but it works and fails because five Indians get past the army and following the smell of food and Edward shot the gun three Indians died and it gets even better the house sets on fire. I would give it three stars because i was going to give it a four until the ending. Here is the exact ending: plump Trudy woke up and said bergom op zoom while pointing solemly at Edward. I just dont get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matchlock Gun is a well written story about a small boy who saves his family from Indians. It is not long or difficult to read, yet there will be plenty to talk about after reading. An excellent choice for group discussion. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short story was great! It gave you a feel of how it would be like to live at that time and how they felt towards the indians and the French. This auther gave a great description of how life was back then. He used a good and easy to follow storyline. I would recommend this book to anyone!