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Broken Days

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Makes history exciting for teens.

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Author Ann Rinaldi's historical fiction succeeds by personalizing history for young readers. This second book in the Quilt Trilogy concentrates on the clash between whites and Native Americans. Even in such established communities as Salem, Mass., during the early 19th century the townsfolk feared Native Americans and treated the few among them as outcasts. Epie's fear and dislike of Walking Breeze, and her willingness to behave unethically in order to get rid of the girl, echoes the attitudes of most white Americans at the time.

Modern readers may have difficulty understanding why American society approved of killing Native Americans, but they'll have no trouble understanding why Epie wants Walking Breeze out of her family and out of the house. As always, the author includes a note highlighting the history behind her books, and a bibliography.

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