The Candle Star (Divided Decade Collection)
After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.
The Divided Decade Collection includes three stand alone stories that view the American Civil War through three different lenses. All are set within Michigan. The Candle Star features the Underground Railroad. Blood of Pioneers illustrates the trials faced on the rural homefront after the menfolk leave for war. And Beneath the Slashings is set within a Northern lumber camp filled with returning soldiers. The books can be read out of order or read alone, depending on the theme that most interests the reader (or most closely relates to a classroom curriculum). All three have been highly acclaimed by teachers and home schoolers. The series was nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read.
TEACHERS: In an effort to serve more classrooms, I've made ebook versions of all three books free on all major retail sites. (A few may be .99 where free is beyond my control.) Permission is granted to share them freely on student devices. In addition, paperback versions are available wholesale through Baker & Taylor and Ingram. (They're available on Amazon for the rest of us.) The Candle Star has also been produced as an audiobook; the other two books will soon follow. Each book has been Lexiled, and downloadable MARC files are readily available for library systems. And finally, an accompanying Classroom Resources booklet is available for each novel. All links, all versions, Lexile scores, and MARC file downloads can be found in my sidebar at the top of my blog: www.MichelleIsenhoff.com.
All three books are complete on Wattpad.