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A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Dear America)

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As the fight for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen"Kat" Bowen gets to participate as her mother and her sister, and many others close to her organize and act to win the right to vote.

January 19, 1917
The picket line has been going on for over a week! And people said they would not last a day and the weather still has not broken. What's more is news of the picket is spread
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Scholastic Inc.
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Ana Mardoll
Feb 23, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
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In 1917, young Kat feels ambivalent about her mother's fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mother for fighting this important fight, proud that her mother wants her daughters to be full citizens of the United States, with the right to vote, the right to elected representation. At the same time, however, she fears that her mother may be injured or killed during her peaceful demonstrations, and she gently resents that her own life must take
Natalya Hotovec
May 06, 2015 Natalya Hotovec is currently reading it
A Time For Courage is about a girl named Kathleen Bowen and her life. Kathleen's mom and the woman in their town started a picket line to try and get the women's right to vote. Kathleen's mom gets arrested for doing the picket line. Kathleen's best friend moves away and she is very upset. Kathleen's mom gets out of jail but is still does the picket line.

I would recommend this book to anyone who like to learn about the worlds history. My favorite part of the book is when Kathleen's mom gets out o
May 10, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
As a fan of the Dear America series as an adolescent, picking this up off the shelf at Goodwill was a no-brainer. This book delves into the troubles and triumphs of a teenage daughter of a suffragette living in Washington D.C. during WWI. Having just done some research on Alice Paul myself, I am pleased by how the author brings this historical moment to life, especially bringing to light the injustices borne by those who sacrificed to stand up for what they believed in and secure the rights that ...more
Nov 06, 2009 Cassidy rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Kat whose mother is in the picket line fighting for women's rights. Her mother was hit by men and sent to jail many times. I learned that women didn't always have the right to vote and be equal to men, and that we should be thankful we do have rights and are equals.
Jul 05, 2015 Lanita rated it it was amazing
To say that Kathleen "Kat" Bowen's life is boring compared to her other members of her family is a bit of an understatement. In this diary, we see through her eyes the women's suffrage movement, the beginning of World War I, and a great deal of change in this country in 1917. It makes me feel amazed and proud to stand up for women's suffrage that still continues to this day.

I wanted to read this in honor of the new Suffragettes film coming out later this year, and this book provides a first hand
Callie Stillion
Kathleen is not happy with the Suffrage, and her Mom is put in jail, twice. She wishes she could change it. But she can`t, so the law won`t change! Sometimes, when her Dad is home late, she has to eat alone, and usually with him, dinner is very quiet. Kat doesn`t know why, but it just is. When her sister, Cassie, comes home for summer from college, the first dinner is quiet, and Kathleen knows just why. All that Cassie is interested in is the Great War and the Suffrage, and she knows that the fa ...more
Sarah Anderson
Sep 16, 2014 Sarah Anderson rated it really liked it
Lasky, Kathryn. A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Kat is the youngest daughter of an affluent family living in Washington D.C. in 1917. Her mother is a part of the Women's Movement fighting for the vote. Kat helps make banners and delivers them to picketers outside of the White House. Things start off peaceful but as the country gets swept up in the Great War, the demonstrations become violent. The police start arresting
Kelsey Hanson
Dec 12, 2015 Kelsey Hanson rated it really liked it
Part of the reason why I have always been involved in politics is because I want my voice to be heard and in order for me as a woman to voice my opinion, many women before me had to fight for the right. This book captures the politics of the time not just women working for the right to vote but the threat of World War I. It shows just how dividing the issue was and the impact that it had on families. Kathleen is a very believable character. She is a young girl who wants equal rights but at the s ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
Although many women still feel mistreated and second-class in the U.S. today, there was a time not that long ago when things were even worse for them. For much of the country's history women were not allowed to vote. Period. They legal rights were limited (they couldn't sue in court), and higher education was sometimes denied to them. Although technically free, women of that time weren't much above slaves as far as personal power went.

This book shows events happening in 1917 in which women began
Mar 13, 2014 Beverly rated it it was ok
It is hard to imagine a time when women did not have any rights, but they did not get that privilege until 1920. Kat's mother is a fictional character, but the historical events have been documented.
Women were given very little consideration from Pilgrim days on. If a woman hurt herself falling on ice, her husband could demand retribution for her being incapacitated. Women could not own property, could not sue for damages, and were not legal guardians of their own children.

Champions of women's
May 05, 2009 Julia rated it really liked it
AH! a book about womans rights!! awesome!
Mar 30, 2014 Eddie rated it liked it
Lasky, Kathryn. A time for courage; The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington DC 1917,Scholastic Inc.; 1St Edition edition, 2002.

The story takes place in 1917 and our character Kat feels indifferent about her moms fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mom but more worried about her personal safety during her demonstrations. This has some great historical significance for freshman year high school. This diary really tells the story of what it was like to witness these events. I enjoy
I found this book by accident while browsing library ebooks from my home computer. I'm a big fan of historical fiction — especially if it's told from the perspective of a young adult. Having little knowledge about the women's suffrage movement of the early twentieth century, or the beginnings of the US involvement in the Great War, I borrowed this book to read in hopes that it would enlighten me.

Kat Bowen has the same worries as any typical girl of thirteen years old, such as learning percentage
Megan Anderson
Aug 31, 2015 Megan Anderson rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. I knew something about the sufferage movement before I read it, including the atrocities visited upon the women arrested for their "crimes," but it never quite dawned on me that the president himself was so...pig-headed, I guess is the word. For lack of better term. I mean, Wilson has never been my favorite of the presidents, but seriously? This wasn't the best book in the world from a literary standpoint, but I think Lasky definitely gets across the fear someone wo ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
It's 1917 in Washington, D.C, and as the Great War rages in Europe, thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen is caught up in a fight closer to home. Her mother, sister Nell, and Auntie Claire are suffragists, fighting for voting rights for women, to the disapproval of her Uncle Bayard and the worry of her father. Kat and her cousin Alma, who are the exact same age, want to help, but they are too young to join the picket line. As it begins to seem more and more likely that the United States will enter th ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Drucilla rated it really liked it
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Until I read this book years ago, I didn't understand what women went through to get the right to vote and I think that says a lot about our education system and the history we learn. This book is a great snapshot of the time, introducing readers to WWI and the suffrage movement (with a tiny bit of race relations thrown in) in a well balanced story.
It was a really good book. In class we were reading one of these books and I thought it would be good too. But it was really good. Kathleen Bowen has a mother who is on the picket line trying to protest not getting the right for women to vote. This is a must read for girls who are aged 9-14. Read the story to find out what happened to Kat, Kathleen.
Rebecca Rash
Jan 31, 2014 Rebecca Rash rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Dear America's. Kathleen is a girl capable of very much, once she gets over her timidness. Watching how brave and stubborn her mother is changes her throughout the book. Great history lesson, as always - very real writing.
Oct 03, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it
A nice trip down memory lane for me- I loved reading the Dear America books when I was younger. This one was especially entertaining, as I live in DC and know many of the places that Kat talks about.
Apr 01, 2015 Lacey rated it liked it
I always loved the dear America series growing up. I'm not crazy about them as much now but since I have a passion for history I do feel like they are good reads.
Oct 23, 2011 Brianna rated it it was ok
This is the first Dear America book I have read since I was a child. I didn't read this one when I was younger, probably because it was published after I had grown out of the Dear America series and moved on to other historical fiction.

It was a disappointing read because this book didn't captivate me in the way that I remember Dear America books doing when I was a kid. The writing seemed discontinuous and shallow. Also, with this particular story, I found the central character to be underdevelop
Laura Rossier
Her mom, aunt Clar, and more and more women are in a picket line to have women vote. It also has a whole lot of dairy entries it it from the girl.
Rea K
Jun 22, 2015 Rea K added it
This was the other one that I stole on accident. I didn't finish it at the time that I stole it, but I did manage to read it before I returned it.
Laura Rossier
It's about a girl who wrote in her dairy. It talks about different things that happened in the time she was alive.
Apr 05, 2016 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Another favorite. It gives a look at the families of suffragettes and I absolutely loved it.
Aug 17, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I didn't know all that women went through to get the right to vote.
Dani CypressLua
Dec 28, 2015 Dani CypressLua rated it it was amazing
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Jennie Vosen
Jun 07, 2014 Jennie Vosen rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. I learned a lot and didn't want it to end.
Nov 11, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Yariel Rivas
May 31, 2009 Yariel Rivas rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction book is about a suffragette named Kathleen Bowen, who writes her diary while living under a time of women suffrage during the early 20th century. But there were so many awful criticisms by narrowly minded anti-suffragists who were against their right to vote, they believed that the march was a silly and stupid, but also they used names as succubus, unwomanly and witches, especially Uncle Bayard who totally opposed it.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
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