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Gr. 4-6. Nancy Geddy's father is a silversmith in colonial Williamsburg. He fears economic recriminations stemming from protesting the hated Stamp Act. He also fears local boycotts if he does not go along with the popular protest position. Veteran mystery writer Nixon has penned a "history as story" tale from 12-year-old Nancy's point of view, basing it on the records of a real family. Nancy struggles with a difficult stepmother, helps the family's slave, Grace, learn to read, and looks for fun wherever she can. The emphasis is on the history, with the story bringing to life day-to-day experience as well as the complexity of pre-Revolutionary War politics. Information about Williamsburg, colonial childhood, and the Stamp Act is appended. Anne O'Malley
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The year is 1765, and there's a lot going on in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Stamp Act has just been passed, and many colonists are protesting it because nobody knows what it will mean to the colonies as a whole. Twelve-year-old Nancy Geddy is concerned that the act will make her friend Tom lose his apprenticeship at the Geddy family's foundry.

Besides that, Nancy has her own problems. Her stepmother, Elizabeth, is making Nancy's life miserable with her constant complaining and criticism. Nothing Nancy does is good enough for her. Now Elizabeth's difficult pregnancy is threatening to ruin Nancy's opportunity to attend her grandmother's Christmas ball. Will Nancy find a way to accept Elizabeth's different ways and come to love her as a mother? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879352256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879352257
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Purchased the six books in this series for my granddaughter. We had seen these books in Williamsburg while on vacation there, and were impressed at the time. Now that she is old enough or at least close to being old enough we thought she would enjoy them. I read al six and thought they were well done and would be fun for her to read as well as being instructive as to how people lived in the 18th century.
Each of the books deals with a child and their family, how they dealt with some of the problems, politics and their general living conditions. The individuals all had different backgrounds from being a slave to a working class family, to a wealthy politiical involved family, and somewhere in between. Therefore by reading all of the books in the series you can get a feel for the entire community.
They are definitely written for children but as I said I think they will be interesting for most children.
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