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A Rifle for Reed [Kindle Edition]

Amy Crofford , Greg McDonald
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In autumn 1851, twelve-year old Reed believes he wants a rifle of his own more than anything. But when a friend suggests they turn in fugitive slaves to earn money, he thinks long and hard. Tension mounts as Reed is torn between his family's values and his best friend.

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  • File Size: 162 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQJ67N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Historical Fiction for Kids September 29, 2013
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This book is a wonderful historical fiction for kids age 8-13. Younger kids would enjoy it, too, but would probably need to have it read to them. I read it for myself and found it charming, engaging, and informative. Get your child started on historical fiction early with this gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale in search of a broader audience December 13, 2014
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Every good writer should write about what they know. As one born and raised in the vicinity of Elbridge, New York, where A Rifle for Reed takes place, author Amy Crofford is well-suited to craft this young reader's tale. Well-researched and fast-paced, the story follows the 1851 adventures of twelve-year-old Reed Porter. It is a time of ferment in the country as people take sides in the great debate over slavery. Reed's family is caught-up in the drama surrounding the Fugitive Slave Act and must decide where their loyalties lie.

Crofford is a newcomer to the genre and offers a wholesome alternative to much of the darker themes that dominate youth literature. The main drawback to the book - and the reason for my four star rating - is its limited marketing as a self-published work of fiction. One can only hope that a publisher will latch onto this engaging story and give it the wider audience it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read February 20, 2014
History comes alive in this exciting story. Boys especially will enjoy this fast-paced tale of courage, mystery, danger and difficult choices. The author keeps readers guessing until the last pages of the final chapter. A book I found hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of historical facts and action! February 20, 2014
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A Rifle for Reed takes place in a small Central New York village just before the Civil War. The main character, Reed, is growing up with questions about slavery. The story beautifully weaves his search for answers around the events that take place in his family and in the town. Also included are wonderful details about the daily activities of living in the mid 1800s. This is a great story for older elementary students who are learning American history or anyone interested in this era. It's a story I look forward to sharing with my grandchildren when they are a bit older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reed wants a smaller rifle January 25, 2014
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Reed Porter wants a smaller rifle for Christmas, but his parents keep telling him that he will grow into his Dad's rifle. And thus sets up a dilemma which broadens and deepens considerably to look at attitudes toward slavery and the abolitionist movement in Seneca, New York around 1850. This is a historical story which goes into some depth on the activities of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and people's struggles with the concept of law, property, human dignity and value. While Reed isn't exactly certain where he stands on the issues, he learns more and more through questioning and observation which give him great experience for his desired vocation as a newspaper journalist.

In the end, Reed gets the smaller rifle he wants, but does he keep it? You'll have to find out for yourself.

This is a well written story that paces nicely and develops its own interesting voice. I highly recommend it.
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