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Make history fun with Miss Trimble's Trapdoor: Review and Giveaway

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As I have mentioned many times in the past, my knowledge of history is, at best, subpar.  History has always been boring to me.  Because I am currently planning to home school Mister and Sister, so I know that I need to brush up.  Trouble is, I’ve never found history to be terribly exciting.  So, I embarked on a quest to brush up and started my This Day in History posts.

I recently had the opportunity to review an exciting new series of books about history.

About the Books…

Fox Carlton HughesMiss Trimble’s Trapdoor
Book One

Tyler Thompson hates school.  He does not have many friends, and never knows the answers to any of Miss Trimble’s questions.  He usually ends up retreating to his quiet area in the back of the classroom so no one will bother him.  But one day, Tyler gets a big shock when his nervous foot tapping unlocks a secret trapdoor beneath his desk!  He discovers a dark and mysterious basement filled with old books guarded by a magical talking dog named Barnabas Bailey.  Now, with the help of the books and his guide, Barney, Tyler can travel to any time in the past to learn about history up close.  Maybe it’s not so bad to be Tyler Thompson after all…

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982160143

Fox Carlton Hughes

Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor:
The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus

Book Two

Tyler Thompson is not looking forward to October.  He doesn’t know which will be worse:  trying out for the basketball team or giving an oral report about Christopher Columbus in front of the whole class!  But, he has a secret weapon:  the magic trapdoor beneath his school desk that lets him visit any time in history.  With his trusted canine guide, Barnabas Bailey, Tyler travels back in time and sets sail aboard the Santa Maria with Columbus himself.  When he sees all the setbacks even a great explorer can face before reaching his goal, Tyler knows he can’t give up.  Can he make the team and deliver an awesome report?  One thing is for sure:  he won’t stop trying.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982160151

Finally, something to make history FUN!  And Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor has just been awarded first place in the children’s fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  How cool is that?

About the author…

Lori Jordan-Rice is a former elementary school teacher who taught in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area school districts for 10 years. She has classroom experience ranging from the kindergarten through sixth grade levels. Jordan-Rice graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/elementary education and received several Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificates including Elementary Self Contained, Elementary Reading, and Early Childhood.

Disappointed by the historical illiteracy rate among American children today, Jordan-Rice was determined to provide a resource to help kids learn the fundamentals of U.S. history in an exciting and engaging way. She has always loved to write, and has had the idea for a children’s history series since college. When her third son was about three, she finally made the time for putting her story line into words.

More books in the series coming soon…

Book Three Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Courage of the Pilgrims

Book Four Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor:  The Independence of the Founding Fathers

Book Five Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor:  The Adventurous Spirit of Lewis and Clark

What I thought…

I truly enjoyed reading this series.  I think history is boring, but these books even had ME wanting to keep reading.  Because they are geared for slightly older children, I had to take it one chapter at a time with my two. I liked the concept of using real history and modern day characters that children can actually relate to.  The books are well written and the chapters are short enough to keep a kid’s attention.  I will definitely be adding this series to my arsenal for home schooling!

What I would change…

Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and can’t wait to see how Lori Jordan-Rice handles the American Revolution in her series.

How I rate it:

Lady V dZine gives Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor and Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus five out of five hearts.

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Where you can buy it…

Miss Trimble’s Trap Door (Book 1) is available on Amazon or Barnes&Noble.com

Miss Trimble’s Trap Door: The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus is available on Amazon or Barnes&Noble.com

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A special thanks to Lori Jordan-Rice, who provided me with copies of Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor and Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus to facilitate this review and who is also providing the copies for the winning entrant.

Contest open to the US.  Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on 05/26/2010.  Winners will be selected via random.org.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond with mailing address.  If no response is received from the winning entrant, a new winner will be selected.

FTC Compliant Disclosure: I received copies of Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor and Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

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