Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The American Dream by Russell A. Baker

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Having a house well stocked with historical fiction, I was curious how The American Dream would measure up compared to our existing favorites.  I was extremely pleased with Baker's ability to make history come alive in a new and exciting way.  Not another cookie cutter time travel book, Baker introduces a bit of esponiage into the mix--drawing youngsters into a cat and mouse chase with one of history's villains.

The first in The O'Connor Chronicles, readers are introduced to sisters Kaitlyn and Kristen, Kaitlin's classmate Sam, and their history teacher and neighbor, Mr. Bacon. Mr. Bacon uses rather unconventional methods to help kids experience history.

One rainy afternoon as the O'Connors and Sam are hanging out, the trio is trying to figure out what to do. Kristin is always ready for an adventure and as they see a suspicious person nosing around Mr. Bacon's house, the kids feel compelled to go explore. They soon discover that Mr. Bacon is no ordinary neighbor and they are soon drawn into a world of high tech and secrecy.  The American Dream takes young readers on an historical adventure that will leave them begging for the next installment, Exceptional Americans!

I loved that Baker included interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter--great food for thought. And there were just enough illustrations sprinkled throughout to help younger readers visualize the characters and events. This would make a great read aloud with family or a read alone for ages 8 and up.  I'm well past the target age and thoroughly enjoyed it myself! Grab your copy today and start living history!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The American Dream for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. 

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