A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Brief descriptions of attacks by whites on Native Americans.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cabot was an illegitimate child, and he sees Richard with "disreputable women."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that readers will learn about seafaring, some natural history, and much of the culture of early American New England. The books includes descriptions of attacks by whites on Native Americans and examines differing historical viewpoints on slavery and the treatment of Native Americans.
Is It Any Good?
Book trilogies such as the one that this volume launches offer a sneaky way to get teenagers to read. Those who enjoy the first book will want to read the others. The quilt the girls are working on becomes the mechanism for tying the three books -- and the three sisters -- together, and their various romances tie young fans into a sense of the past.
While it doesn't rise to the level of literature, A STITCH IN TIME can be a good tool for showing kids that history doesn't have to be boring. Real people lived then, too, and little sisters could be just as awful then as they are today. Love still triumphs. History can be romantic and exciting.
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