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Pretty Maids in a Row Paperback – April 14, 2015
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From the Inside Flap
Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions:
--Lilith Magazine's 5th Annual Selection of Books for Young Readers
--Included in Great Books for Girls, by Kathleen Odean
--Included in Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens, by Linda R. Silver
"A simple but daring adventure." Voice of Youth Advocates
Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice
--Junior Library Guild selection
About the Author
Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, and nonfiction for both children and adults. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Literary Review, and Cricket Magazine. Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions: The Girl From The Tar Paper School: --California Reading Association Eureka Silver Honor Book Award --Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (National Association of Teachers of English), Recommended Book --Included in the New York Public Library's list of 100 books to read in 2014 --A Junior Library Guild selection Rivka's Way --Sidney Taylor Book Awards, Notable book of 2001 --Lilith Magazine's 5th Annual Selection of Books for Young Readers --Included in Great Books for Girls, by Kathleen Odean --Included in Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens, by Linda R. Silver Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice --Junior Library Guild selection Teri lives in California by the beach.
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Kanefield goes to great lengths to make the reader understand how those times were. From describing in depth the discomfort of the torture device know as a "corset" to her misunderstanding the daily mannerisms, Kanefield shows the reader how different things were for women back then.
Women were expected to act and speak in a certain way. Of course, as a disowned daughter of the current king, Mary was more tightly monitored than most. Yet, Mattie refused to just "shut up and listen." As she was "guided" in making decisions that she knew would have a long range impact on history, she asked questions and gave the matter serious thought before responding. She always took care not to alter history as she did. There is a very profound lesson in empowerment here for young girls everywhere. Kanefield also allowed Mattie to grow beyond her years in her time travels so she was faced with mature decisions in this time period as well. The transitions were flawless.
In this age of the sexualization of young girls, Kanefield has carefully crafted a journey that not only teaches them the history that many forget, but she has also given them direction to think for themselves. This is so much more that a book. It's a peek into how things used to be and it illustrates how far the female gender has come in freeing themselves from society's "corset" of stereotypes.
I highly recommend that all parents buy their daughters this book for the reasons I've stated above. I recommend that parents buy this book for their sons so that they may understand just a little bit of the feminine battle and realize earlier that all women deserve to be treated as princesses.
An enthusiastic 5 star read!
I'm a grandma and this is recommended for *way* younger readers <g>, but I do enjoy Teri's books a lot. I particularly like time travel stories so it was fun for me to read this story. It was reminiscent of the TV series Quantum Leap since Mattie became Mary Queen of Scots when she was caught in the shimmering light and other time travel I've read have just placed people in that era.
It was interesting reading about that era of history which I was really unfamiliar with and I could feel myself in Mattie's shoes. I love it when a historical fiction makes me want to learn more about the era and people and this one did just that. The real quandary for Mattie came when making decisions on behalf of the young queen - should she go with what she knew would happen in history or do what she seemed right? I won't tell you what she chose to do - you'll need to read the book and find out for yourself!
Loved the little twist at the end!
Teri Kanefield created a unique twist on a time travel novel for middle grade readers. This realistic main character, Mattie, shares with the reader her contemporary problems and she learns to put those concerns in perspective after she travels back to the time of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mattie does not have to worry that she won't fit in when she mysteriously appears in the time of the Tudors. Not only does her time change, her clothes change on her body. There is a humorous scene when one character describes Mattie's clothes on the future queen. With Kanefield's masterful foreshadowing and suspense there will be an extra appeal to lovers of mystery and royal books. The clothing, settings and history are well-described. I could feel the heaviness of Mattie/ Mary's gowns! Readers will want to search for more of Teri Kanefield's novels for this age group.
Could a contemporary teenage girl from Los Angeles make decisions on behalf of Mary Queen of Scots that would save her crown and country? Mattie, a dissatisfied fourteen-year-old on a family vacation in France, time travels to become Mary Queen of Scots for three history-making intervals.This children's novel explains the religious wars that shaped how England and Scotland were governed in the mid-sixteenth century. It will help young readers understand the perks, perils and responsibilities of royalty in those times and how decisions made then still affect Europe and the United Kingdom.