A new Young Adult book is now available that is designed to reach 4th thru 8th graders.
Author, Christie Sever, has three objectives for the book:
1.) Include many adventures so that children will want to read the book.
2.) Create a world where the culture and history of Ireland in the 18th century is demonstrated,
3.) Include a wee little life lesson. For this book the life lesson is about the importance of family loyalty. I anticipate that this is book 1 of a series of historical fiction books for 4th-8th graders.
These seventh grade twins fight, tease and annoy each other. After one particularly vicious fight, they accidentally discover a way to time travel and they are transported to 18th century Ireland.
Initially mistaken for a banshee and spy, they come to live with an Irish family during the time of the oppressive Penal laws, which attempt to crush Irish culture.
The twins discover the beauty and harshness of life in that time and place, as they climb into a castle, sneak off to a secret school, hide from soldiers, and learn the ancient art of stick-fighting.
As repression and tension grow in the village, Jack and Isabel must work together to help their foster family survive. In the process, they also learn how another family deals with the problems of siblings growing up together.
As much as the twins love their adoptive family, they miss home. They need to work creatively, and together, in order to return to their 21st century American home
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Izzy, a young American Irish dancer, is a fun girl but just a little bit bossy. Her twin brother, Joe, loves soccer and aggravating Izzy. Together they are magically whisked away to 18th-century Ireland during the time of the culture crushing Penal Laws.
There they hide from soldiers, climb into a castle, and befriend a quirky and rebellious Dance Master whose job it is to keep the culture alive. When soldiers confront the Dance Master the twins must get past their annoyance with each other to work cleverly and together in order to save him. But even if they can do that, will they be able to return home to their 21st-century family and friends?
“Sound the Warning” is not only a story about survival in an oppressed country, but it is also a story of how family loyalty and a little bit of Irish magic can overcome many problems.