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    Hands-On Approach To History

    The Disappearing Rose is a charming story about children helping children and introduces young students to English History in the most delightful way. Three young time travellers, Dane, Paige, and Jack find a magic talisman which transports them to medieval England during the last years of the Wars of the Roses. There they are caught up in one of History’s great unsolved mysteries and try to figure out a way to prevent a tragedy. With her hands-on approach to History and thorough research of her topic, Ms Duke makes it easy for youngsters to suspend their disbelief and experience the adventure of the three inquisitive children. I liked the way Ms Duke used a modern television- shoot of a medieval documentary to provide suitable clothes for the children to wear and made it possible for them to disappear into the 15th century from time to time. Young readers are given the opportunity to make their own judgement as to the character of Richard III and offered a possible solution to the mystery of his missing nephews.
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    engaging story with likable characters

    I love how some people are moved to fantasize about saving the Princes in the Tower, or in another book I read recently save Richard III, by using time travel. I enjoyed this book for younger readers very much, still being about 12 at heart, I guess. It presents the basic personalities involved, the political context, and points of history in easy-to-understand language, all wrapped up in an engaging story with likable characters. I wish we did know what happened to the sons of Edward IV, but this story is an emotionally satisfying and plausible idea of what might have been.

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