The Carter Journals
The Carter Journals: Time Travels in Early U.S. History by Shane Phipps, a new IHS Press young adult historical novel, makes history come alive.
When 14-year-old Cody Carter’s grandfather gives him a box of dusty leather journals written by their Carter ancestors, even the history-loving Cody could not have predicted the adventure he was about to take. Journal by journal, Cody is physically transported back in time to experience the lives of Carters on the frontier in North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana as the family moved west and north in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cody hunts with Daniel Boone, huddles in a frontier fort under siege, makes friends with Native Americans in the Indiana Territory, operates a lock on the Whitewater Canal, hides slaves on the Underground Railroad and experiences defeat at the Battle of Corydon. Ultimately, Cody confronts the difficult questions of westward expansion, slavery and war while living the history of everyday people. Written by a history teacher determined to bring the past to life for his students, The Carter Journals reminds us that history is all around us – and that we make history of our own every day.
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