A perfect Common Core tie-in, The Hope Chest includes historical notes about the suffrage movement and a "voting in America" timeline. It's also a New York State curriculum title for fourth grade.
Eleven-year-old Violet has one goal in mind when she runs away from home: to find her sister, Chloe. Violet's parents said Chloe had turned into the wrong sort of person, but Violet knew better. The only problem is that Chloe's not in New York anymore. She's moved on to Tennessee, where she's fighting for the right of women to vote. As Violet's journey grows longer, her single-minded pursuit of reuniting with her sister changes. Before long she is standing side by side with her new friends - suffragists, socialists, and colored people - the type of people of whom her parents would not approve. But if Violet's becoming the wrong sort of person, why does it feel just right?
This stirring depiction of the very end of the women's suffrage battle in America is sure to please listeners who like their historical fiction fast paced and action packed. American Girls fans will fall hard for Violet and her less-than-proper friends.
©2015 Karen Schwabach (P)2015 Listening Library
I read this book because it is one of the required text for the 4th grade literacy unit. I enjoy historical fiction but, for some reason, I did not look forward to reading this book. My feeling quickly fleeted. This is a good read. The author did a wonderful job conveying the emotion around in the fight against the "antis" and "Suffs" as the Susan B. Anthony amendment tries to pass. I appreciated that this was not the only historical focus. There was discussion of segregation and the treatment of blacks during this time as well as men's beliefs about women during this time. The descriptive language is not very rich but there are multiple moments in the text where the author uses words that make you pause and check your own understanding. This is a great book to introduce children to the fight people underwent to get women the right to vote.
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