Boys and Girls from History

Author: Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Publisher: Harper and Brothers
Dates: 1901-1913

Each of these books books is organized in a similar fashion. The story of ten young people, either from history or literature are selected. One chapter introduced each character. When literary characters are introduced, usually one or two chapters from the book they are featured in are consolidated, and much dialogue from the original book is used. The story is typically condensed and some context is giving before and after the main incidents are recounted. When historical characters are introduced, the focus is usually on their childhood and young adulthood rather than incidents later in their lives. The literary style is similar for all characters, both real and fictional, because considerable dialogue is used to convey action, rather than relying only on a third person narrative.

Sweetser writes in an engaging and easy to read style. The subject of each chapter is developed independently, so they can be read in any order. The character sketeches are written at a perfect level for a middle school or intermediate audience.

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