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The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully
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Nov 18, 09

bookshelves: read-childrens-books, read-historical-fiction
Read in November, 2009

While I realize that this is a beginning reader, which is necessarily written in a simplified style, nevertheless I found it written in uninteresting prose. The story is about a young girl who helps her village of St. Michaels in Maryland when the British are ready to invade and attack during the War of 1812. It's based on a true event, though Caroline and her family are fictional. I was particularly bothered throughout the entire book by the depiction of Caroline with short-cropped hair like a boy and never wearing a bonnet. Her shoes were depicted as what look like pumps or slippers instead of the boots she would have worn. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think this was historically accurate. Altogether a disappointing read.
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