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A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Dear America (Reissues)) [Library Binding]

Kathryn Lasky
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  • Library Binding: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439555426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439555425
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,396,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulas! 14 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
Kat Bowen's family are all for noble causes, her mum is a suffragette, her dad is an docter, her sister has run of to join the nursing corps in england and her other sister is completely obsessed by suffragettes.But Kathleen bowen is not, she is not noble in any way, she is afraid of America going into the great war, she is afraid that her mother will be arrested.

I really enjoyed this book, at first I thought Kat a little bit conceited, but allthat changed when I realised her position, I would be scared if I was her.
so all in all really great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Dear America 15 Feb 2002
By hiphopgirl_1000 - Published on Amazon.com
As War rages on in Europe in 1917 Kathleen "Cat" Bowen knows there is another big fight to finish at home. Her mother, sister, aunt, and many other women around her have all become suffragists to the disapproval of many men including Cat's uncle and her father. Cat and her cousin Alma want to join the picket lines but they are too young. The excitement builds as the picket lines have lasted more than a week and it seems there might be hope in the horizon! News reaches far out of the picket lines in Washington D.C. and many women from all over the United States have come to participate in the fight for the right to vote. On the homefront as the United States gets ready for war Cat sees the changes at home too as women take a much more active role in the society such as her cousin Alma who helps with the Red Cross over in Europe after running away from home and her problems . However Cat suffers a blow with the unexpected arrest of her mother. Can Cat survive more things to come?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new Dear America book. 15 Feb 2002
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
It's 1917 in Washington, D.C, and as the Great War rages in Europe, thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen is caught up in a fight closer to home. Her mother, sister Nell, and Auntie Claire are suffragists, fighting for voting rights for women, to the disapproval of her Uncle Bayard and the worry of her father. Kat and her cousin Alma, who are the exact same age, want to help, but they are too young to join the picket line. As it begins to seem more and more likely that the United States will enter the war, life begins to change in other ways. Nell leaves to join the Women's Ambulance Corps in France, and Alma, desperate to escape after her parents' bitter divorce, runs away to England and becomes a Red Cross volunteer. But the worst hardship of all is still to come. Kat's mother is arrested, and Kat wonders how she will ever make it through this unbearable loneliness. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the Dear America series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best in the Series 8 Oct 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
A Time for Courage by Kathryn Lasky is one of my all-time favorite books in the Dear America historical fiction series. It is not particularly my favorite era of American history, but it is so well-written and interesting you just fall right in.

Kathleen Bowen's mother, aunt, older sister, and best friend's mother are all deeply involved in women's suffrage and equality rights, living in Washington D.C., 1917. Kathleen's father does not approve only because he worries for his wife's safety---many women have been arrested and beaten by police for protesting outside the White House. Yet Kathleen's friend's father disapproves of his wife's antics because he is a bit of a sexist. Soon, Kathleen becomes involved with the rights of women everywhere, just like her sisters and mother.

This timeless addition in Dear America will please all, and I promise you shall not be able to put it down. All the protagonists are extremely likable, and this book is just indescribably great. I just can't put it to words. READ IT!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Lasky best work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 25 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Set in Washington, D.C.,1917. 13-year-old Kathleen Bowen revels in her diary her hopes, dreams, fears, and her suffering. Her mother has become a active member in the suffrage, and pickettes everyday. Her sisters have joined the Red Cross and have left her alone, Her cousin and only best friend Alma, leaves after her parents get a divorce. Her father spend more time in his office than at home. Alone and sad, she faces the world alone. Her only friend and the person she can confide in is her diary. Just when she thinks things cannot get worse, they do. Her mother is put in jail. Kat must find all her courage and streght to face what is to come. I highly recommed this diary for any Dear America fan or any one that enjoys historical fiction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Installment 31 Aug 2007
By Andromeda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Kat Bowen is living in Washington D.C. during the woman's fight for the vote. Her own mother is among the woman picketing outside the White House Kat writes down her own views and opinions during this time. She supports her mother but at the same time worries about her mother. Especially after Kat sees how women picketing are being treated. She also witnesses trouble in her family when her uncle is so against the picketing and noting of women voting to the point it almost ruins the marriage of her aunt and uncle. Its amazing how badly picketers were treated and at the same time the women who did picket and go through the hunger strikes and horrible time in jail they were all so brave. An excellent book.
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