8.47 Anna Myers The Keeping Room (Novel)

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The Keeping Room (Novel)

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When Colonel Joseph Kershaw leaves Camden, South Carolina, to lead the American rebels in their struggle against the British, he leaves his son Joey behind as the man of the house. But what can a 13-year-old do when General Cornwallis comes into town and makes the Kershaws' home his headquarters, and begins hanging American prisoners in the family garden? Joey is determined to get revenge--even if he has to risk everything.

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Anna Myers is the author of a number of novels for middle readers, and the only two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. She lives in Chandler, Oklahoma.

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Grade 4-6. Although the basic material will be familiar to many readers of historical fiction?a young boy comes of age during war time?this is nevertheless a well-written and thought-provoking addition to the genre. Joseph Kershaw is almost 13 when his father goes off to lead the American rebels against the British. Soon the town (Camden, South Carolina) is not only occupied by the hated Redcoats, but Joey's house is also chosen to be the headquarters of General Cornwallis and his men. They are a rough and uncouth lot and, to everyone's disbelief and horror, they begin hanging colonial soldiers in the family garden. Joey must struggle with many conflicting feelings. Must he join in the surrender of the town? How can he suppress his desire for revenge against the British while his mother urges compliance? How can any cause be worth the slaughter of men? To his amazement, he comes to respect one of the enemy, a young captain who looks out for the Kershaws. Despite some obvious bows to political correctness?a subplot concerning Joey's growing distaste for slavery and his realization that his sister deserves the same educational opportunities as he has?and some stock secondary characters (the sadistic soldiers, the weepy but noble mother, the loyal slaves who are the only characters to speak in dialect, the pacifist Quaker teacher)?the story is bolstered by a likable and believable protagonist and sound historical details and atmosphere.?Cyrisse Jaffee, formerly at Newton Public Schools, MA
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