When Peggy McAllister learns about the Rattletop Award for "excellence in eighth grade social studies," she is determined to win it with a research paper on a Great American Hero. But when she chooses Molly Pitcher, the famous Revolutionary War heroine of the Battle of Monmouth, as her subject, she runs into difficulties. With the help of her Greatgramps, a retired private investigator, his lady friend Mrs. Spinner, a local historian and secret author of historical romance novels, and Ms. Guelphstein, a dedicated reference librarian, Peggy sorts through a maze of confusing and contradictory evidence to identify the "real" Molly Pitcher.
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In Search of Molly Pitcher based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Although an interesting concept, I found the book confusing and am concerned that the intended audience would not find it readable. Adults understand that history is messy and facts need to be checked and double checked, and that some historical figures are not who we think they are, but children would find it implausible that they couldn't write a report on anyone they choose. And the idea that an eighth grader turns in a 139 page report is just laughable. No index.
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Peggy likes school, which makes her smart, but not popular. When she reads about a contest for excellence in history, she knows she's going to compete for the award. When she chooses her topic from her teacher's list, she picks Molly Pitcher -- and has no idea how complicated her life will soon become.
There's not a lot known about Molly Pitcher and the details that are known are few and far between. Peggy researches her topic at the local library and finds a dead end. Her grandfather takes her to visit the local historian. Together, they come up with a plan to find out information and solve the mystery behind the identity of Molly Pitcher.
For the rest of the year, Peggy lives and breathes Molly Pitcher. At the end, she still doesn't have the information she desired. Disappointed, Peggy doesn't know how to tackle her paper, until she realizes that she's been looking at the paper in the wrong way.
The mystery surrounding the identity of Molly Pitcher will intrigue readers. This is a great tale for anyone interested in American History.