Joining the Boston Tea Party (The Time-Traveling Twins)

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Liz, Lenny, and Grandma are back for another time-traveling adventure. With the Fourth of July fast approaching, there's only one thing for them to do ...

Join the Boston Tea Party!

With the help of Grandma's magic hat, the twins journey back to Boston in 1773. From powdered wigs and petticoats to Indian pudding and chamber pots, Liz and Lenny get a firsthand look at life in colonial America. But best of all they actually join the "Mohawks" as they dump tea into Boston Harbor and help begin the American Revolution.

Diane Stanley once again blends humor and historical detail in this exciting second installment of the Time-Traveling Twins series. Featuring word balloons packed with comedy and lots of information, and Holly Berry's inviting illustrations, this book will make readers jump at the chance to join the twins as they learn about history by living it!

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About the Author:

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Holly Berry is an award-winning artist and illustrator of picture books for children. Her books include I'm a Pig by Sarah Weeks, The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, and Market Day by Eve Bunting, among others. She lives on a blueberry farm in Maine with her family and a few pets—including a cat named Flossie.

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Gr 1-4-Stanley's irrepressible Time-Traveling Twins embark on a new adventure, along with their grandmother and her dog, Moose. With the help of their spirited grandma and her magic hat, they are all transported back to colonial Boston to visit some ancestors and, dressed as Mohawks, the youngsters join in the excitement of the Boston Tea Party. Along with creating the drama of the rebellion, the author takes on the challenge of explaining its political and economic underpinnings using dialogue balloons to provide a sense of immediacy. The device is truly tested when the twins' colonial relatives chat about taxation without representation and other British abuses. However, although complex concepts are compressed, they are clearly presented in generally accessible vocabulary. Using a lighthearted cartoon style and an upbeat palette, Berry energizes the visual narrative with kinetic compositions and eye-catching perspectives. Her characters inhabit cozy, period interiors and roam Boston's quaint streets and harbor district. A large, simply presented map of the colonies and a comparison of aspects of daily life "then" and "now" decorate the endpapers. In addition, an author's note tells how the Sons of Liberty set in motion a series of events that ended with the founding of our nation. Young readers will enjoy the time travel, the colorful details of colonial life, and, of course, the derring-do of the Tea Party, while older readers will appreciate access to a humorous and painlessly informative introduction to an important chapter in American history.

Carey Ayres, formerly at Port Washington Public Library, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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