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Maynard, Christopher.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages ; 34 cm.
Presents in newspaper format facts relating to the French, American, Russian, and Chinese revolutions.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
IG 890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.9 5 Quiz: 22729 Guided reading level: NR.
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D21.3 .M286 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The award-winning History News series takes readers to the frontlines of four revolutions that changed the world. Now, in the most ambitious, news-packed title yet from the award-winning History News series, comes fascinating reports from revolutions around the world. Ride with patriot Paul Revere and watch fifty leading colonists sign the daring Declaration of Independence. Witness the storming of the Bastille by angry Parisian mobs and find out why French King Louis XVI lost his head. Get Lenin's thoughts on planning a revolution, and take a long march with Mao to a new China. THE HISTORY NEWS: REVOLUTION covers the exciting events of the American, French, Russian, and Chinese Revolutions and offers an additional two-page overview of major revolts worldwide. Presented in the highly readable format of a daily newspaper are stories about key events, fascinating features, interviews, and even advertisements--all based on fact! The latest addition to an acclaimed series brings vividly to life the greatest stories from hundreds of years of human struggle for change.

Author Notes

Christopher Maynard is the author of over 50 children's books. He is also the editor and writer of children's magazines. He won the Rhone-Poulenc Science Junior Book of the Year in 1996 for The World of Weather, and Informania. Another book of his, Sharks, was runner up for the TES Senior Information Book Award in 1998. He also writes for exhibitions and websites.

(Bowker Author Biography) Christopher Maynard is the author of over 50 children's books including Science Fun at Home, Bichos, Sharks, and The Best Book of Dinosaurs. He won the Rhone-Poulenc Science Junior Book of the Year in 1996 for The World of Weather, and Informania. He is also the editor and writer for several children's magazines and writes for exhibitions and websites.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Another book in a series that uses a modern tabloid newspaper format to give historical information. Although other books in this series focus on epochs or civilizations, this one tackles a historical concept, examining four revolutions: American, French, Russian, and Chinese. The section on the American Revolution starts with the Boston Tea Party and darts quickly through the next 15 years, with pages devoted to Valley Forge, Yorktown, and the Loyalists, ending with the inauguration of President Washington. The other revolutions get the same kind of treatment--short on facts and details, but strong on "interviews" with historical personalities, funny advertisements, and large illustrations spread across the oversize pages. The final section tries to make some general statements about the nature of revolutions, but the book's format makes it impossible to get too philosophical. Students wanting substance will need to look elsewhere, but this can serve as a fresh, featherlight introduction. --Todd Morning

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A great contribution to a unique series, this title presents a mock retrospective of articles that appeared in the fictionalized newspaper The History News. Headlines such as "Redcoats on the Run!" and "Tsar Nicolas Abdicates" draw readers into the stories that chronicle the American, French, Russian, and Chinese Revolutions through made-up news reports of the day and interviews with key figures. Articles are short, many written tongue-in-cheek, and packed with facts and trivia; they also provide good examples for students assigned to create their own historical "documents." Maynard includes such features as an opinion poll of American colonists and an interview with the former Louis XVI. Colorful, original illustrations and reproductions, and photos of 20th-century events, make for an attractive presentation, with practical touches such as a time line and brief mentions of other uprisings, e.g., the 1819 Colombian liberation and the 1854 Australian miner revolt. Each of the four chapters ends with a "Letter from the Editor," giving a 1999 perspective on the events. The book reads as though it must have been fun to write, but does at times sound like it was written by a middle school student (it is doubtful that Jiang Kai Shek would have referred to his opponents as "clueless country bumpkins"). Despite this lack in consistency-which many kids won't even notice-it is eminently suited to serve as a supplement to history units.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

American Revolution 1773-1789
Tea Overboard in Boston Harborp. 3
Redcoats on the Run!p. 4
Meet the Man Who's Taking a Standp. 5
Winter of Discontentp. 6
Victory at Last!p. 7
Loyalists Beat a Hasty Retreatp. 8
The Right Man for the Job!p. 9
French REvolution 1789-1794
Power to the People!p. 10
Unjust Privileges Bite the Dust!p. 11
Midnight Flight of King Louis XVIp. 12
King of France no Morep. 13
A Time of Terrorp. 14
Tyrant is Dead!p. 15
World of Revolutionsp. 16
Russian Revolution 1917-1924
Hot Time in a Cold Town!p. 18
Tsar Nicolas Abdicatesp. 19
Lenin Returns for Revolutionp. 20
Palace Taken by Stormp. 21
Running the Showp. 22
At Rest in Red Squarep. 23
Chinese Revolution 1934-1976
The Long March to Freedomp. 24
The Great Debatep. 25
Mao Marches in to Capture the Capitalp. 26
Culture Shock!p. 28
Death of the Chairmanp. 29
Down with the Wallp. 30
Time Linep. 31
Indexp. 32