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July 2, 2010
Award-Winning Author’s New Children’s Civil War Series Garners Great Reviews
(ATLANTA, GA)—With advance review copies just distributed of award-winning author Carole Marsh’s new 6-book Civil War children’s series, she is elated at the great reviews being received. If you are picturing dull, textbook tomes—get over it! “These ain’t yo’ grandpappy’s Civil War books!” exclaims Marsh.
Atlanta’s Southside Book Reviews Forrest W. Schultz says, “If there are any history teachers out there looking for a way to show that the Civil War is interesting, I highly recommend the six books written by Carole Marsh which are collectively called The Students Civil War. Their release is timely because April of 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. There are already several states that have established Civil War Sesquicentennial Commissions, so that schools will doubtless be encouraged to place special emphasis on teaching about the Civil War during the coming academic year. The books are designed for children from 9 through 14.”
Schultz adds, “Carole Marsh is doing in print what Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War does on stage—showing us what the Civil War was like through direct contact with the participants. In Wildhorn’s case the primary source material is acted out on stage and presented in song. In Marsh’s case the primary source material is presented through quotations in her books. In neither case is there any agenda, such as trying to prove some point or argue some thesis. The idea in both cases is to show the observer what happened and allow him to draw his own conclusions .”
The covers of Marsh’s six new titles are a combo of funky and radical. The insides are a speedy but thorough story, all in first person, and often in the words of the actual participants. “Let’s go there, let’s be there!” demands the author, who has a national following among readers, parents and teachers. “Kids study this in school, yes. But do they get the larger implications of what we can learn from this dramatic, bloody, unfortunate history? My goal is that they are blown away by the people, facts, and vivid comparison between why we had war then and why we still have war now,” Marsh shares.
The titles in Marsh’s series include: Who Were The Key Players in The Civil War?, What Was The Civil War All About Anyway?, Where Did the Civil War Happen?, When Did it Happen in the Civil War?, Civil War Trivia and Civil War Resource Book. Each book has a more extensive subtitle to help children, parents and teachers, as well as museums and bookstores, understand that this is the real deal: education plus enticement so that kids will read them, get them and learn.
Carole Marsh is the national spokesperson of 2010: Year of the Children’s Mystery Book and has been named Georgia Author of the Year for Middle Readers. She is the founder and CEO of Gallopade International, a leader in the production of curriculum and supplementary educational materials since 1979. Gallopade products have earned many awards, including Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice award and the iParenting Award for Greatest Products.