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Ekta R. Garg

Reviewer Ekta Garg: Ekta has actively written and edited since 2005 for publications like: The Portland Physician Scribe; the Portland Home Builders Association home show magazines; ABCDlady; and The Bollywood Ticket. With an MSJ in magazine publishing from Northwestern University Ekta also maintains The Write Edge- a professional blog for her writing. In addition to her writing and editing, Ekta maintains her position as a “domestic engineer”—housewife—and enjoys being a mother to two beautiful kids.

 
By Ekta R. Garg
Published on June 9, 2013
 


Author: Penny Estelle

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-77127-338-1





Author: Penny Estelle

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-77127-338-1

When a young man receives a less-than-desirable assignment in his history class, he doesn’t realize he’s about to embark on a life-altering adventure. He just knows that his new teacher, the series title character, Ms. Wickware, has something to do with it. Author Penny Estelle continues her commitment to reaching young adult readers with historical facts in an accessible way in Ride of a Lifetime, the second book of her series entitled “The Wickware Sagas.”

Jim Abernathy has just enrolled at Langdon Middle School, and he tries to establish from the start that other kids shouldn’t mess with him. When he walks into his new history class, he presents himself as a formidable young man. Ms. Wickware doesn’t bat an eye at his show of bravado, quietly but firmly reassuring him that she won’t tolerate bullying in her classroom. Instead she tries to help him assimilate into the class by turning the subject to the new assignment: every student must choose the name of a historical figure from a box and then do an oral report on that figure.

When Jim draws the name Sybil Ludington, he becomes skeptical. A girl? Once again Ms. Wickware remains undaunted, and Jim steps out of the classroom and into the time of the Revolutionary War. Things really get eerie for Jim when he actually meets Sybil Ludington, but he soon realizes that even girls can play a significant role in their country’s history.


Author Estelle uses her experience in the school system to write a book right at eye level for middle grade readers. Her commendable efforts in wanting to introduce lesser-known historical figures will encourage teachers who use the books in “The Wickware Sagas” in the classroom. Everyone knows about Paul Revere, but other people—like Ludington, who rode twice the distance Revere did for a similar task—also made substantial contributions in helping our country become what it is, and Estelle clearly has a strong desire to share the histories of those people with younger readers.

While the beginning of the book may feel rushed—readers will feel Estelle’s love for her subject matter and her excitement to dive into it—the spirit of the book and the series is in the right place. Estelle could have spent a little more time establishing Jim’s character and how uncomfortable he feels in a new school, but she makes up for this minor oversight with the meat of the story.

This reviewer highly recommends Estelle’s Ride of a Lifetime as well as the first book in the series, Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare.


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