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Emily Makes a Difference: A Time of Progress and Problems (Sisters in Time) [Paperback]

By Joann A. Grote (Author)
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Item description for Emily Makes a Difference: A Time of Progress and Problems (Sisters in Time) by Joann A. Grote...

Emily Allerton is like any twelve-year-old girl - excited about her chance to see the Chicago World's Fair and mesmerized by the remarkable technology on display there. She even sees an amazing new machine called an "automobile."
But when Emily and her cousin, Ted Kerr, return home to Minneapolis, a national economic slowdown puts thousands of people out of work. They're homeless and hungry - and Emily knows that God wants her to do something to help.

Publishers Description
Time Period:  1893  It's 1893, and technology is making Emily Allerton's world a better place. This fictional twelve year old can hardly believe the inventions displayed at the Chicago World's Fair-unusual things like "automobiles." But soon, an economic depression throws many Americans out of work, leaving them homeless and hungry-and creating Emily's opportunity to make a difference. Especially for girls ages eight to twelve, this story shows young readers that they, too, can have an impact on their world. Perfect for recreational reading or homeschooling, "Emily Makes a Difference" is an enjoyable way to learn important lessons of faith and history.

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Sisters In Time
For Girls Only

Binding: Softcover
Ages: 8-12

Sisters In Time historical fiction series tells the engaging, intriguing stories of girls who experienced some of America's greatest historical events and faith. Fictional teen and pre-teen girls are written into actual events showing today's readers what life was like in earlier times.

Sisters In Time covers the 17th - 20th centuries. These series of books not only can improve your child's vocabulary and knowledge of history, but it can develop their love for history!

An excellent resource to add to your child's library!

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Barbour Books
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2004
Publisher   Barbour Books
Age  8-12
Series  Sisters In Time  
ISBN  1593102062  
ISBN13  9781593102067  

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More About Joann A. Grote

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA, JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn's love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters' lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.

Joann A. Grote was born in 1984.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > United States
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 9-12
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction

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Emily teaches about the old days  Sep 18, 2008
Reviewed by Genna Chatel (age 8) for Reader Views (9/08)

"Emily Makes a Difference" is about a girl who is trying to learn to be a young lady, but Emily makes mistakes. Emily is a good-spirited person and she wants to help the poor. She learns that being a lady can be as hard as helping others. This was a fun book because Emily always gets in trouble and falls over things. There are also some sad parts in the book. I learned some things too. In the 1890s, there were a lot of new things like: trains and railways, cars, electricity, the Pledge of Allegiance and World's Fair, banks and bank runs, stock markets and investing. I also learned about some people in history like Thomas Edison and Houdini. My favorite part in this book was learning about scientists in 1893.

My mom and I read it together and we talked about all these things and people. I would recommend this book to artists, scientists and people who are interested in the old days.

Mom's note: This book is recommended for ages 8-12. Genna is only 8. We read it aloud together. I'm not sure, Genna would have been able to read it alone, not because of the language, but because of the difficult concepts such as the stock market. However, reading it together was a wonderful experience because "Emily Makes a Difference" by Joann A. Grote opened up discussions about all these topics.

A fun addition to the 'Sisters In Time' series  Mar 7, 2008
The year is 1893. Twelve-year-old Emily Allerton, the daughter of a doctor, is a prominent member of society in Minneapolis; unfortunately, her clumsiness and constant mistakes and mishaps make her seem like nothing more than your typical commoner, and drive her mother up the wall. Emily, however, is unconcerned about her behavior. The only thing she can possibly think about is visiting Chicago's World Fair with her best friend and cousin, Ted Keller.

The summer couldn't be dragging by slowly enough. In the past, Emily and Ted were content with spending their days reading, exploring the town that they have grown to love, and visiting friends, but this summer is different. At the end of July they'll embark on a trip to Chicago's World Fair. And when the day finally comes, the excitement can be felt miles away. At Chicago's World Fair, the cousins have the opportunity to see all the new technology that will soon be entering their lives - from automobiles to trains that go 100 miles per hour, and so much more. Each day is full of education, learning, fun, and food. But perhaps the most important thing the two see is not while they are at Chicago's World Fair, but, rather, in their own town when they arrive back home. The economy has slowed down considerably over the past few months, resulting in bank runs, and thousands of people losing their jobs. Suddenly, people of all ages are finding themselves homeless and hungry. Emily can't bear to stand seeing these innocent people suffering, and just knows that God wants her to do something to assist those in need. The only problem is that she has no idea how she, a twelve-year-old, can do something to help so many people. It is only when she uses the very spiritedness and energy that her mother constantly admonishes, that Emily's brain begins working faster, and putting together the tools that she'll need to make a change - with a little help from Ted, and a new friend named Erik.

A few year's ago I read JoAnn A. Grote's ANNA'S FIGHT FOR HOPE, and enjoyed it considerably, so I was very excited to delve into another one of her SISTERS IN TIME books. EMILY MAKES A DIFFERENCE continues Grote's journey through history. Emily is a fun character, whose clumsiness actually makes her more enchanting, as it illustrates a flaw that is extremely relatable. I don't feel that we ever get the chance to view her as more than skin deep, however, perhaps because the spotlight is often stolen by her cousin, Ted; so, even though I enjoyed her character, in a way, I feel as if I didn't get to know her as much as I would have liked. The backdrop of Chicago's World Fair was intoxicating, though I found it overwhelming at times - which, I'm sure, those who attended Chicago's World Fair felt as well. The inclusion of such historical greats as Edison, and Susan B. Anthony, among others, was an interesting addition to the story, and truly peaks the readers interest. At times, I found the constant scoldings Emily received from her mother to be obnoxious, and truly detrimental to Emily's mental growth; but, in the end, the tale wound up nicely, and provided me with a lot of information about this particular era. A fun addition to the SISTERS IN TIME series.

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer

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