Item description for Maggie's Dare: The Great Awakening (Sisters in Time) by Norma Jean Lutz...
Overview A 12-year-old Bostonian finds her heart stirred by a major spiritual revival and determines she must help a mistreated slave girl.
Time Period: 1744 Slavery confuses Maggie Baldwin. It's 1744, and the tenderhearted twelve-year-old can't understand why her friend was given a young female slave as a Christmas present-or why her friend mistreats the miserable Caribbean girl. When a major spiritual revival breaks out, Maggie is convinced she must dare to help the slave. Using actual historical events to tell a compelling fictional story, Maggie's Dare explores both the Great Awakening and the early stirrings of the abolition movement, while showing young readers that they, too, can serve God by serving others. Sisters in Time books offer learning and fun, at a great price!
Sisters In Time
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Maggie Baldwin just doesn't understand. Why did her friend receive a young female slave as a Christmas present? And why does Maggie's friend so mistreat the miserable girl?
When the spiritual revival known as the Great Awakening comes to Boston, Maggie's tender heart is stirred--and she knows she must dare to help the slave, so far form her home in the West Indies. In her act of compassion, Maggie learns that we best serve God by serving others.
Let the Sister's In Time series take you back to 1744--where you may find that Maggie Baldwin isn't that much different than you! Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
This story is based on (and very similar to) Maggie's Choice from the American Adventure Series.
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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Studio: Barbour Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2005
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Sisters In Time
ISBN 1593106602 ISBN13 9781593106607
Availability 0 units.
More About Norma Jean Lutz
Norma Jean Lutz began her professional writing career in 1977, when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 200 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. She is also author of five published teen novels.
Reviews - What do customers think about Maggie's Dare: The Great Awakening (Sisters in Time)?
Helps you learn to use the dictionary Oct 24, 2008
Reviewed by Sara McGinn (age 9) for Reader Views (10/08)
"Maggie's Dare" by Norma Jean Lutz is about a 12-year-old girl named Maggie who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. (The book's cover says in takes place in 1744 but in the story it says it takes place in 1740- 1741.) Maggie goes on many adventures during this story. She traveled to Salem with a friend where they attended several parties. She was also invited to take dance lessons and attended a Christmas ball. She even attended a revivalist meeting. Her biggest adventure of all was her decision to help a sick slave girl against her friend's wishes. Maggie is against slavery and thinks that no matter what a person looks like, they still have feelings.
My favorite things about this book are when Maggie helps her best friend's slave at the end of the book. I like that part because there was lots of action and it was a very interesting part of the book. I also learned a lot about the Great Awakening because I didn't even know that it existed! I also enjoyed the part where Maggie helped a homeless mother and child by giving them food and a shawl.
The author, Normal Jean Lutz, did a good job writing "Maggie's Dare," but it was very confusing for me to understand because there were many words I was not familiar with. I spent lots of time looking up the meaning of words in the dictionary. I would recommend that this book be for an older age range than 8-12, maybe 10-12 is better.
Maggies Dare: the great awakening 1744 Jun 15, 2008
I thought this was a very good sisters in time book. I had never really known much about the great awakening, and this really told me about it, along with many other things, such as slavery. This book is filled with excitement, and adventure. I thought this was the best sisters in time i have read [ though i've only read 6] and i recomend it.
A little bait-and-switch... Feb 5, 2008
As a Christian home-school teacher, I'm always on the lookout for uplifting, age-appropriate literature to give my students for pleasure and for independent book reports. I've found that the Sisters in Time series can be rather hit or miss.
Maggie's Dare is a miss for its age range of 8-12. While it is well written, the themes are a bit too advanced.
**PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD***
The main character is 13 years old and (apparently) old enough to be considering a future spouse! She receives counsel from a friend's mother to this effect since her college-age son has taken an interest in her, which we see in the book when he asks for a place on her dance card and gives her a anti-revivalist book to read.
Throughout most of the story Maggie is confused by peer pressure that reminded me of a teenage drama. The main story seems to be about her coming-of-age and eventual Christian salvation, rather than her anti-slavery opinions, as the book summary describes. Maggie herself is naturally compassionate, but also very self-conscious. Her heart is often in the right place, as we see in a few scenes where she takes the initiative to help a poor girl and her mother. (However, even this scenario is for a more mature reader as the mother is a prostitute.)
A further concern is that the slave girl she befriends and cares for actually dies at the end of the story, despite the Rev. Jonathan Edwards himself visiting to pray for her. While death is a part of life, it was a rather shocking conclusion for a book supposedly aimed at not-quite-preteens.
**END SPOILER WARNING**
If you have a teenager who would read it despite the ages 8-12 label, Maggie's Dare would probably make an excellent springboard for discussing peer pressure, dating and courtship, Christian salvation, and self-initiating community service.
As a sidenote, I am not sure how historically accurate the book is in dealing with the time period of the Great Awakening. Certainly that extremely notable 30 years of spiritual revival in America gets a backseat treatment in this story.
A really good book... though something that I did not enjoy... Jul 16, 2007
This book was wonderful! I loved the storyline, and looking into the life of a girl living in the midst of the great awakening.
Though... when you read the back, it talks a lot about Maggie becoming friends with her friend, Adelade's slave girl, Melee. Upon reading the book, it took me up until I think Chapter nine, and she then gets very sick and dies in the last chapter, chapter 15. Though, throughout those chapters, very little was mentioned about Melee. I don't know... am I the only one that is a tad bothered by that?
Overall, though, I very much enjoyed it! ;)
A Wonderful Book for Christian Girls! Jul 15, 2006
Hi,I'm an 11 year old Christian girl, and this is one of the best books I've ever read in my life!!! The problem that Maggie had can easily happen with friends.(I had it happen to me once) Maggie gradually grew in her walk with the Lord and noticed things that she had not noticed before. I hope you buy this book because I know you will absolutely love this book!