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Dateline: Troy

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  122 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
"Perhaps the ultimate model for making history relevant. . . . A superb and often inspiring work." — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"Newbery Medal winner Fleischman goes right to today's headlines and shows that the ancient world and our own are not so very different
at all. He retells Homer's tale of the Trojan War, THE ILLIAD, in a brisk narrative that will capture kids
Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published 1996)
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Jul 07, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children; adults who what a condensed version of the Iliad
Recommended to Lee by: Carolyn
I love to read a variety of topics, but don't always have the time (a common problem amongst us avid readers). I sometimes read a children's book to get the general idea. That is why I read this condensed version of the Iliad. This book served that purpose admirably. I lost interest in the news clippings of the modern day. You could take just about any book and do the same thing; but can you find it for a small number of characters? No. The best thing I can say for the book is that I still have ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Izzy rated it really liked it
Bonjour! I read this book for my school and it was very interesting. There were many interesting stories in this book and enjoyed most of them. This was a book about Greek Gods and sometimes it can be pretty boring but this book wasn't. I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have because I had to take notes on the book and that made me pay a lot of attention to the book and I don't really remember a lot about it. What I do remember is that there is war going on in this book and there are a lot of ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Heemin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dateline: Troy
by: Paul Fleischman
80 pages

This book tells a retelling of the Trojan War and simultaneously shows you news clippings to show that things done in the myth aren’t that far off with things that happen in today’s world. With the myth on the left and the clippings on the left, something will be shown that these things actually do happen. The main story is the myth however and this is a retelling of Homer’s Iliad. The beginning starts with a golden apple to be sent
May 09, 2011 Iskreads rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-sims
Dateline: Troy

By: Paul Fleishman

Reviewed by: Luca T

I’ve never been to Europe, or Greece for that matter, but how Paul Fleishman described the battle, and the pre-battle scenes made me feel like I was watching the whole battle. The book Dateline: Troy is described as if Paul Fleishman had been a surviving witness of it.

The characters like Paris, and Agamnom believed in the gods, and the very gods themselves influencing the conclusion of the battle. Will the gods support Paris, or Agamnom in thi
An interesting take on children's nonfiction literature. It effectively conveys the relevance of both history and traditional myth and literatures to modern problems by juxtaposing modern-era newspaper clippings with the story of the Trojan War. Particularly commendable is the book's willingness to confront difficult topics that are often taboo in children's books, such as sex slaves, war, and the self-immolation that occurred in Vietnam.

My only critique is that the writing style in the Trojan W
May 15, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Dateline: Troy is the story of the ancient Trojan war juxtaposed against modern new stories. The concept is that there is nothing new in the world, what happened then happens again. Although an intellectually engaging concept, it just didn't work for me. The telling of the Trojan war is riveting and well done. I was completely sucked in to the story. The text is easy enough for fifth graders to read (other than all the Greek names, of course!). Unfortunately, some of the news topics were not one ...more
Shrayes S.
Jun 01, 2013 Shrayes S. rated it liked it
I have read the book Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman. This book has 75 pages. This book is about a kid named Paris and how he was a very brave hero, but died in the Trojan War. This is how it goes.

A king once had a son, but he was destined to Bring the whole town to ruins. He couldn't get himself to kill the little boy. So he left him on a mountain to die. On this mountain, a poor farmer picked him up and named him Paris.
Once he was grown up, he beat all the king's other kids at athletic comp
Aug 27, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History certainly repeats itself. Not only was the tale of Troy described here but modern day newspaper clippings on opposite pages about relating issues in what happened due to Paris' and Helen's affair.
Lissa Notreallywolf
Oct 24, 2013 Lissa Notreallywolf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, general-history
This book was a gift, an interesting experiment in writing history for juvenile readers. The Trojan war is retold accompanied by newspaper clippings from modern wars, and modern culture, illustrating the timelessness of the human drama. I think it excellent because it encourages the reading of newspapers with something other than a narrow temporal view. I was reading Gary Lachman's Swedenborg not long ago and enjoyed his cogent critique of "scienticism" or some such coinage that indicated how na ...more
Dateline: Troy tells two stories-- the epic tale of the Trojan War alongside newspaper clippings, which reinforce that many of the themes that plagued the ancient Greeks-- war, love, betrayal, heroism, are still around today.

Groundbreaking in its design in 1996, Fleischman's newspaper collages seem out of date and unappealing to look at now. It took him years to collect all of the headlines and articles that supported his theme back then, I wonder how much better Dateline Troy would look if he w
Sep 27, 2008 Gloria rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teens
Recommended to Gloria by: Teacher
Shelves: young-adult
This book is constructed uniquely. While telling the story of the ancient Trojan War on one page, on the opposite page is a collage of current newspaper clippings. The intent is clear; nothing is new. The ancient issues of love, lust, jealousy, power, etc. existed then, and are still around today ... and still have devastating consequences.

This is really interesting, but I did not particularly enjoy this style of writing. The format reminded me of those scenes in "Forrest Gump" where Forrest sha
Jan 18, 2008 Meaghan rated it really liked it
This was a truly unique book; I've never read anything else like it. I was very impressed. Dateline: Troy re-tells The Iliad in a shorter form and more modern language, and accompanies the story with real life contemporary newspaper articles to demonstrate how the themes of the myth are still relevant in today's society. This is a great way to get kids interested in Greek myths, and will be sure to provoke much discussion.
Oct 30, 2009 Krystin rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-chapter
This book is an interesting and relevant way to look at the story of the Trojan War. The newspaper clippings are interesting on their own but also work to reinforce the theme that the events/emotions that occur in the story are plausible and even occur today. Some prior knowledge of the story and surrounding culture is helpful, as many characters, gods as well as mortals, are introduced, but it is not necessary.
Aug 05, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
The story of the Trojan War and it goes along with newspaper clippings from United States newspapers. Short book to read. Guys would probably like this book more than girls. I was bored reading it, but the newspaper clipping kept me wanting to read more.
Jul 04, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it
Retelling of the Trojan War coupled with newspaper accounts of modern events. Excellent mentor text. Newspaper clippings illustrate parallels between modern society and the one of ancient Greece.

Nov 01, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: war-soldiers
It does remind me that we haven't changed all that much over the millenia as humans, though the technology and plumbing are much better.
Dec 09, 2008 B rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-boy, j-historical
J 398.2 F Unusual and creative retelling of the Trojan War using contemporary newspaper clippings.
May 24, 2011 Nat rated it really liked it
I love greek myths! This is a quick, thrilling read.
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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