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The Matchlock Gun [Paperback]

By Walter D. Edmonds (Author)
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Item description for The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds...

The story of Edward, a child in 1756 colonial New York State, whose father, called away to watch for raids, entrusts him to defend his family from the constant threats of warring French and Indians. Winner of the Newbery Medal. Reissue.

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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.74" Width: 5" Height: 0.22"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 23, 2008
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  8-12
ISBN  0698116801  
ISBN13  9780698116801  
UPC  051488005995  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter D. Edmonds was born in 1903 in New York state. His 1936 novel, " Drums Along the Mohawk," was a bestseller for two years. His later works received major literary awards, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal. He died in 1998.
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History  May 18, 2008
I havent researched as to whether or not The Matchlock Gun is a challenged book because it might not be PC, but putting that aside for a moment, this is was one of my all time favorite books as a kid. I still remember our teacher reading a little bit of it each day....and not being able to wait for the next day to hear more.

Its part of historical fact that Native American tribes were allied with the French against the American colonists. Why should this be a reason to NOT like this book? What would YOU do if you were a little boy left alone with his mother and sister and was responsible for protecting them against the possible home invasion by your enemy. This has NOTHING to do with the plight of Native Americans. There WAS a war going on, after all, and the Natives Americans had much the same status as the Hessians during the Revolutionary War.

Its a terrific story. Take it as such....and enjoy it as I did. I didnt turn out being predjudiced against Native Americans as a result. I just loved the story.
A good story despite disturbing reviews.  Apr 23, 2007
As a Native American man enrolled in the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, I feel obliged to respond to various reviews regarding this book. First of all, for the most part, I enjoyed this book. It is a fine story intended primarily for American children. However, it is simply that: a child's story. It is indeed unfortunate that there is such a short description of "the Indians;" I suspect that this is only because of the author's purpose of writing an exciting story set in the early years of the American experiment. While the story is lacking in its description of the Native American characters, this story does present the opportunity to begin a conversation about Native Americans and their role within American history, stereotypes of Native Americans and the ongoing need to address ongoing racism that continues from the legacy of the fearful perspective of such characters as the young and noble Edward.

I have found the reviews of some readers disheartening. To deny the atrocities against Native Americans by the US government and other institutions (e.g., the Church, school system, etc.) only continues to hurt Native Americans who must live with the ongoing results of those atrocities in the shadow of a society which has unfairly benefitted from the oppression of a group of peoples. Furthermore, such denial of privilege is detrimental to American society and the freedom of all Americans.
exciting book  Apr 10, 2007
The Matchlock Gun, by Walter D. Edmonds,was an exciting book. There was a gun in their family, from Spain, that was longer than a man, heavy, and fired like a canon. Edward, the main character, was fascinated with the gun and felt lucky to have it in their family.

When his father is gone with the militia, Edward is responsible for the family as the head of the house, but he is only 10! Edward and his mother were scared because they thought Indians might attack, sneaking through the militia.

I was scared reading the ending, but when it was over I wished there was more.

This was a good book for 8 year olds or older, because of some violent things. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Confused reviews.  Jun 8, 2006
Can someone explain to me how a book can be full of stereotypes and at the same time have interesting characters (review by E R Bird)? I am of native American descent (Cherokee), and my paternal ancestors survived the Trail of Tears, and yet I am in no way offended by authors describing the real horrors of warfare during the French and Indian Wars - or of other such wars, like King Philip's War (1675-76). Innocents were killed by both sides in the numerous wars between Europeans and American Indians. In the case of the French and Indian Wars, the French sent their Indian allies south from Canada to raid the British frontier. Ironically, during the War of Independence, many attacks by Indians were instigated by the British in Canada against the American insurgents (see Edmonds' "Drums Along the Mohawk").

Andrew Jackson is regarded as a great president, yet he ignored the decision of the Supreme Court and sent American troops to eject the peaceful Cherokees and Creeks from South Carolina and Georgia and drive them to Oklahoma during the winter. This was a truly disgraceful incident in American history. I think this episode shouldn't be glossed over any more than the killing of noncombatants by American Indians in various wars.

The truth should be told, however uncomfortable it might be.

David Lee-Smith
The Matchlock Gun  May 4, 2006
Edward had dreams of shooting the matchlock gun, which hung up on mantle in his home, until one day the Indians came and were going to invade his home. The book The Matchlock Gun is an entertaining, adventurous book for older children. This chapter book contains some historical events that happened in the 1700's. During this time the French and the Indians were constant threats to the British. Edward and his family were British. Edward's father was called off the battle and left Edward in charge of the house and the family. Edward's father showed his how to use the matchlock gun in case of an emergency. One evening the Indians and were about to attack his home when he fired the gun killing two of the Indians.
This book takes place in the 1750's in the state of New York. During this time there was a lot of conflict between the French, Indian, and British. The main characters in the story are Edward, Trudy, who is Edward's little sister, and Gertrude, the mother. Edward is the hero of the story because he ends up saving his family from the Indians. All of the illustrations in the book are in black and white. They give the reader a general idea of the style, clothing, and transportation during this time.
The book The Matchlock Gun is full of suspense and adventures to keep the reader enticed. Once Edward learns how to use if matchlock gun, is he going to need to use it in the future to protect his family while his father is away?

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