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Write On, Mercy!: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Calkins Creek (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590788222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590788226
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is usually Abigail Adams who gets the nod whenever women of colonial and revolutionary-era America are mentioned, so this title certainly fills a niche. A solid addition to the canon. (author's note, timeline, bibliography, websites)" --Kirkus Reviews


"Include[s] examples of Warren's writings, not easily available otherwise, and additional research leads conclude. This will partner nicely with Wallner's Abigail Adams (2001)." --Booklist


"Great for reports and background information on an important but oft-overlooked early American figure." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Gretchen Woelfle has published fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer won the 2008 Once Upon A World Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance and was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by NCSS and a Booklist Top Ten Youth Biography. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated award-winning children's picture-book biographies of famous writers, artists, and historical figures, focusing on their childhoolds. She lives in Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Simon Levin on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I completely disagree about the so-called "bitter tone" mentioned by another reviewer. Men and women did have completely separate experiences and expectations in Colonial Days (and indeed throughout most of world history). The author does a very good job of showing young people how Mercy Otis Warren moved beyond the constraints of her times. It is a fascinating and very readable picture book biography of an overlooked woman in American Colonial History. Adults and teens might want to read more about this fascinating woman whose writings played a big role in the American Revolution in Cokie Roberts' book Founding Mothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Humphrey on February 13, 2013
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One of our founding mothers, and an opportunity for children to read about a woman who influenced the beginning of our country. Excellent. I bought it for my 7 year old grand daughter, who reads above her age. I think it is excellent for 8 to 15 year olds.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara Connolly on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to read this book, but did not enjoy the bitter tone. Nearly ever page has a phrase like "Not many men loved a smart woman, but James did" or "Most women would have stayed out of sight, but not Mercy" or "people wouldn't respect a woman writer." Can we appreciate a historical figure for her achievements in her own right, without being constantly reminded that she was a poor, unfortunate woman? We don't need to resent men for having such an easy time; in those days, no one had it easy. Few people had access to higher education, and few people wrote at all - Mercy was fascinating, and exceptional, and would have made a great subject for a book without the resentment.
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