Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Faking It by Joseph K. Smith

The Revolutionary War was going on, and Deborah Sampson wanted to fight for her country. Disguised as a man, Deborah became a soldier. Although she experienced many setbacks and close calls, Deborah kept on trying. All through her life, she fought for what she believed in. Deborah gave many speeches and presentations. She inspires many people to be brave and go for their dreams. Deborah is now the official heroine of a state.
Although a wonderful topic, this biography seems to drag. It seems the story could have been more exciting; more of a page-turner. It is more of a narrative about her life than an engaging story. It has no dialog. The timeline was interesting because it showed what was going on in her life during famous historical events. The Introduction, Conclusion, and timeline turned out to be the best parts of the book. Faking It is much shorter than I thought, which could be good or bad depending on the age of the reader. All in all, it is sort of a dull book that I do not highly recommend.

Reviewer Age:11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Calhoun, GA USA

1 comment:

Jennifer Sullivan said...

I have used Faking It: The Story of Deborah Sampson for my 4th grade class, and have found it to be a wonderful tool for teaching about the American Revolution.

In terms of the "lack of dialogue", this book is a non-fiction, biography, which typically does not contain dialogue. If a student were looking for more dialogue, then a fictionalized historical novel would be the book to read, as they usually contain a great deal of dialogue.

Faking It does not contain dialogue because it falls in the non-fiction category of books.

I would recommend Faking It: The Story of Deborah Sampson as an aid to your studies, not a summer read.