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The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
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Sep 13, 08

bookshelves: newbery

A very exciting French and Indian War story--it has all the elements of a great plot: a brave son, a heroic mother, a funny little girl, and an absent father. I'm just annoyed that the book's foreword gave away an important element of the climax, so if you read this, skip the foreword and the jacket copy. It's illustrated by Paul Lantz, who I like almost as well as Garth Williams. (Well, maybe not ALMOST as well, but I like his work a lot.) I think what's most impressive is how distilled this book is--it's very short, but feels complete. Recommended generally. (Jack might look at this and think he's too old for it, but I bet he would like it--Andrew, too, Betsy--if you ladies don't mind the combination of settlers, guns, and Indians, that is. It's not without its problems, but I think it's still worth reading.)
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