Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Matchlock Gun

Goodreads Says:    A Newbery Medal Winner

In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came? This classic, first published in 1941, has an updated, kid-friendly format that includes the original black-and-white illustrations.

My Thoughts:

-    I can't believe I'm saying this about a Newbery Award Winner, but it was too short. I wanted more.

-    The writing and story were good. I actually liked this one. It felt like a small portion of a larger story though.

-    It reminded me of Old Yeller in a lot of ways, but there was no dog. 

-    I really liked that the gun had a story of its own. It wasn't just a prop in the story, it was almost a character. 

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