My Side of the Story

My Side of the Story : Trouble at the Mill

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"My Side of the Story" is completely unique approach to historical fiction. Read the story of one youngster's life in turbulent times, then flip the book and find out first hand how another child reacts to the same events - with very different feelings and results! "Lizzy": This work is set in summer 1842. Lizzy Sprott is thirteen, the daughter of a poor cotton worker, she works at the mill with him. Passionate and impulsive she persuades her moderate father to draw up a petition demanding better working conditions. The plan backfires when Lizzy's father gets blacklisted by mill owner Grumstone. Lizzy thinks everything will be all right as she knows Grumstone's son - they used to play together when she was younger. But suddenly events escalate and there are violent riots outside the mills. Has Lizzy left everything too late...? "Josh": Josh Grumstone is the well-to do son of a cotton mill owner. Diffident but thoughtful, he comes back from boarding school to find the mill in crisis. First siding with his father, he later begins to believe the workers have a rightful cause, especially when the hardheaded Grumstone becomes bent on breaking the strike with means fair or foul.
And now that his former friend Lizzy is involved he cannot ignore the danger. Danger that costs some people their lives...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753413558
  • 9780753413555
  • 2,264,300

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School Library Journal Gr 4-5-This series instructs readers to begin with one child's perspective of a historical moment and then to flip over the book to read another version. While this is an interesting concept, children might tire of reading about the same events twice, even if they are from differing viewpoints. Jamestown is carelessly written and poorly researched. Some folksy passages using simile seem forced and serve to confuse. Elias is an English settler apprenticed to a barber-surgeon, and Sacohocan is an Indian girl and a healer. Elias is skeptical of his master's medical knowledge. Incredibly, he deduces that the Indians are dying from diseases introduced by the Europeans. Story lines are introduced but never finished, and the author incorrectly leads readers to believe that the Powhatan tribe engaged in ritual human sacrifice. Mill makes the British Chartist labor movement come alive. However, nonstop action impedes character development and some situations lack emotional resonance. In 1842, Lizzy works in a Lancashire mill. Her former friend, Josh, is the mill owner's son. After her father is fired for agitating for workers' rights, Lizzy, too, is fired and the family members are turned out of their home. Josh returns from being educated in London, disagrees ideologically with his industrialist father, and is surprised to learn that he must marry a member of the aristocracy to improve the family name. In reality, he would have been groomed for that eventuality since early childhood. This is an action-packed if simplistic introduction to the early labor movement.-Christina Stenson-Carey, Albany Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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About Philip Wooderson

Philip Wooderson has written more than twenty books for children, published by A & C Black, Franklin Watts, Scholastic, Heinemann and Oxford University Press. His historical fiction includes the light-hearted Nile Files series and a forthcoming title, The Diary of Samuel Pepys's Servant, for Franklin Watts. His children's fiction has twice been nominated Guardian Book of the Week. Philip has also just completed an adult novel called Tuscan Madonna. Philip divides his time equally between his homes in Correglia, Italy and Ramsgate, Kent.
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28 ratings
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4 43% (12)
3 25% (7)
2 4% (1)
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