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In the Reign of Terror: A Story of the French Revolution (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – June 26, 2008
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This is my first Henty book. I am a young grandmother, and I enjoyed this so much I then purchased antoerh of Henty's books, "Wulf, the Saxon, a Story of the Norman Invasion", another excellent choice. Each gives one a feeling of "being there" as history unfolds. The characters are believable in the old-school way and make one understand parts of history from a far more interesting angle than some dusty old textbooks! I can't wait to acquire more Henty books; he does not disappoint. By reading Henty on the Kindle, I can tap a word I am unfamiliar with, see its definition, and quickly move on with the story without missing too much of a beat. As a retired homeschool parent, I see opportunities throughout the text to strengthen vocabulary, discuss the causes and effects of happenings in history, and draw parallels to our current generation. I was very surprised to see quite of bit of 21st Century America thinking in the middle of 18th Century Revolutionary France; it did not set well with me...
Believable characters and plausible storyline from a ronantic girl's perspective! Yes, I would recommend this book, to boys AND girls, and even their adult counterparts. Enjoy!
Follow the manners of the people around you
Control your ego: don't be a snob
Develop physical courage
Be modest and humble
I can highly recommend this book with the addition of a dictionary. There is no glossary for French terms such as Tocsin, which nearly every reader would have known at the time the book was originally published in 1888. Also there are archaic terms, such as... travelling to Dover by "stage" to take a "packet" to Calais. This means...travelling by stagecoach to take a boat across the channel to Calais, in France. Many readers should seek clarification of terms such as these.
Because of the subject matter and descriptive (but not overly so) passages about the Reign of Terror I recommend this for GRADES 9 or 10 and up, preferably grades 10-12.