Mine Eyes Have Seen

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Why did dedicated Greek doctors taste their patients' ear wax? What did Roman soldiers wear under their kilts? Who had the world's first flushing toilet? Find out in this bound edition of two titles in the Horrible Histories series - The Groovy Greeks and The Rotten Romans.

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Grade 7 Up?During the summer of 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown covertly gathers his forces to attack the arsenal at Harper's Ferry. His 15-year-old daughter, Annie, is summoned to help keep house and to watch for intruders. She thrills at the chance to become important in the eyes of her distant, Scripture-quoting, dictatorial father. Through the lens of Annie's vision, Rinaldi constructs a believable Brown, one whom Annie alternatively loves, fears, and resents. Readers are given glimpses into the charismatic yet enigmatic leader who could speak of being led by God while at the same time encouraging all sorts of deceit to keep his plans secret, a contradiction that angers his daughter. Annie is also troubled by the strain in her relationship with the young man she plans to marry, who is one of her father's volunteers. In the end, she is devastated by the folly of the attack, the death of her intended, and her father's seeming inability to forgive her for her inadvertent role in the accidental death of a younger sister. This book is written as if it were Annie's journal, her attempt to come to terms with all that has happened and all that she has lost. It is a poignant and deeply moving tale based on extensive research into the life of the real Annie Brown. But Mine Eyes Have Seen is more than just Annie's story. It is also John Brown's. This dual focus, set against the backdrop of the sweeping social and political upheaval of the times, gives readers a broader vision of the period than Rinaldi did in The Second Bend in the River (Scholastic, 1997). An author's note and a bibliography complete the book.?Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate,
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John Brown spent the summer before his quixotic 1859 raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal secretly marshalling men and weapons on a nearby farm, with two women, one his 15-year-old daughter Annie, to keep house and present the appearance of normality to prying eyes. Spinning Annie's character from sparse contemporary accounts, Rinaldi (The Second Bend in the River, p. 63, etc.) fleshes her out as a severe young woman who shares her driven father's strong-mindedness, loving and hating him with equal intensity. Aware of her father's few successes and many failures in life, Annie watches him and the two dozen followers he gathers come to terms with the fact that many of them are about to die. The author sticks closely to the record, inventing few if any characters or events (although Brown anachronistically refers to his band as ``Young Turks''); Annie recalls her family's struggles and her father's exploits as an anti-slavery militant in Kansas, then describes the Harpers Ferry raid in bitter, clinical, death-by-death detail. There are parallels here with modern episodes of vigilantism, but the author's real focus is on a daughter's relationship with her iconic father, and in the end she becomes his witness. It's a powerful story, and for readers who find the large cast hard to keep track of, Rinaldi recapitulates in an afterword, and appends a bibliography. (Fiction. 12-15) -- Copyright 1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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