Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Imogene lives in a tiny town in New Hampshire called Liddleville. She loves history more than anything else, so begins to tidy up the town’s historical society. Once it is all clean, she waits eagerly for crowds to come and tour. But no one comes except for one workman who puts a sign in the front yard saying that the house will be torn down. The mayor wants progress and new, not old history. How in the world will Imogene be able to save history from the stomp of progress? Perhaps with a little help from George Washington himself.
Imogene is a wonderful character who quotes historical figures whenever she feels strongly. She is plucky, sensible and strong-willed, just what I’d love any child to be. Even better, Imogene has a point of view and isn’t afraid to make a stand to the adults around her. She is a true heroine. Fleming’s writing is wry and funny, peppered with historical quotes. Carpenter’s art done in pen and ink and digital media, has just the right feel: a mix of traditional and modern that Imogene would approve of.
A strong young heroine combined with a focus on the importance of history, makes this a must-have book. A definite winner of a title, this book is appropriate for ages 5-9.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.
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