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William Penn : Quaker colonist
Doherty, Kieran.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A biography of William Penn, founder of the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania, who struggled throughout his life for the freedom to practice his religion.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.1 7.0 29019.
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F152.2 .D73 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Penn's life seems to have been a constant struggle for the realization of his goals. This biography gives readers insight into why he fought against the odds.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. From his childhood and turbulent youth in England, Ireland, and France to the few years he spent in Pennsylvania, William Penn's life story is a tale worth telling. This informative biography brings to life the rather stiff historical figure remembered from school books. Doherty shows Penn as a young man who respected his father but rebelled against him, a loving family man who was often separated from his wife and children, a Quaker who had the sympathetic ear of several English kings yet was arrested and imprisoned many times, a wealthy landowner who died in poverty, and a man whose fight for religious tolerance led him to make many personal sacrifices. The author succeeds in making readers care about Penn's fate. Black-and-white reproductions of paintings, engravings, and documents appear throughout the text. Appendices include a chronology, source notes, and bibliography. A solid choice for biography collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-An excellent account of an extraordinary life. Doherty includes extensive chapter notes and bibliographic sources, yet tells the story of Penn's life in an interesting and compelling manner that reads almost like a good adventure novel. It rings with authenticity and with the convictions that guided and defined the life of the Quaker leader. Historical drawings and reproductions enhance the presentation.-Marilyn Heath, Greenwood High School, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.