Gail Gauthier The Hero of Ticonderoga

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The Hero of Ticonderoga

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When ThTrFse LeClerc is chosen to do the coveted oral report on Ethan Allen, she learns a great deal about the Vermont hero and also discovers what pleasure she gets from writing and presenting the report. Reprint.

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Like Ethan Allen, the subject of her oral school report, the narrator of Gauthier's (A Year with Butch and Spike) amusing and affecting novel, set in 1966 Vermont, is sassy, shrewd and outspoken. Tessy's voice crackles with razor-sharp insight and comedic one-liners from the very start, as she tries to decide where to begin her story. When her humorless sixth-grade teacher takes a leave of absence, the substitute scraps the longstanding plan to award the most coveted oral report subject Ethan Allen to the best student in class and instead picks a name randomly. A mediocre student at best, Tessy unwittingly lands the plum assignment. After an initial presentation in which she reports on only several saucy anecdotes from Allen's life, she delivers in installments a detailed chronicle of the life of this pugnacious Revolutionary leader who was instrumental in the founding of Vermont. In between these diverting passages, which balance Tessy's refreshingly quirky interpretation of history with Allen's own words, the girl grapples with some credible issues, among them her embarrassment by her simple, big-hearted parents, who are farmers of French Canadian descent, and her relationship with a stuffy, wealthy classmate. Gauthier sustains her tale's rapid pace and surefire humor throughout, while delivering a history lesson that readers will absorb effortlessly. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
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Gr. 6-8. Sixth-grader Therese LeClerc, growing up in 1966, feels alienated from her farming family and French Catholic heritage, increasingly idealizing the life of a privileged classmate. When she's assigned an oral report on area hero Ethan Allen (a "boring dead guy" as far as Tessy is concerned), she's less than overjoyed, especially when she has to redo it. Gradually, though, she gains an appreciation of history's lessons and a boost in self-confidence, and she discovers that there's usually more than one side to a story and to a person. Tessy's spirited first-person narrative (her reports are incorporated throughout the text) is both entertaining and insightful, with occasional irreverent commentary on such timeless issues as peer and family pressure and school life. Readers may find the ending abrupt and learn more about Ethan Allen than they want to know, but they'll recognize Tessy's longing to be someone else and cheer her discovery about what really matters. Source notes. Shelle Rosenfeld
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