Saturday, August 4, 2012

The DMS Wants to Know, What Will You Find Beneath the Slashings?



Monday's riddle took us for a walk in the woods, and we followed our theme deeper into the majestic forests of the world. Lizzy reviewed the historical fiction novel Beneath the Slashings by Michelle Isenhoff, which told the story of Samuel and Grace, two young twins at the end of the Civil War, who had to leave their home to live at a logging camp with their father. We shared our thoughts about this topic on Top of the Heap, and today, we are participating in a fun blog tour announcing the debut of Beneath the Slashings, the third book in the Divided Decade TrilogyThis fascinating story is really making its way around the book block. So, check it out and let us know your thoughts!

The DMS wants to know:
What would you think about being uprooted from your present life situation to live at a logging camp? 

It is the end of the Civil War and twins Samuel and Grace are looking forward to having their father back. They have spent the last few years on their aunt and uncle’s farm, but they are anticipating going home to their own farm down the road. When their father arrives, he shocks them all with the news that the farm is sold and they will be going up to Michigan to a logging camp where he will be the new foreman. Their father is thrilled to get back to his roots and the familiar terrain of the woods. Samuel is excited for a new adventure and to have experiences like the stories his dad has always told him. Grace is not the least bit happy, and she doesn’t mind telling her father how mad she is at him. Still, the family moves to the logging community where Samuel and Grace are put to work helping out in the kitchen. A logging camp isn’t a great place for a girl, and the men scare her a bit at first. It doesn’t help that there is talk that the last foreman was killed by someone. Now Grace is upset with her father and worried for his safety at the same time. Will Grace forgive her dad for taking her away from her aunt and uncle and the only life she has ever known? Is there anyone for her to become friends with out in the middle of the forest? Will everyone be able to make it through the logging season alive? You will be kept on your toes as you turn the pages of this book! (Read more of Lizzy's review)

**Beneath the Slashings is the final book in the Divided Decade Trilogy, which views the American Civil War from three different angles. But because they’re only loosely related, each book can be read independently**



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**We will be chatting with Michelle Isenhoff on Friday August, 10th. It will be interesting to hear a little more about the story behind her story!**

26 comments:

  1. Looking very forward to hearing more from Michelle and reading this book!

    My family and I have toured (and eaten a meal 'logging camp style' at) a restored logging camp. Not sure I'd want to have lived there, but it sure is interesting to visit and learn about.

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    1. Barbara- I am looking forward to hearing more from Michelle, too! How fascinating that you and your family toured a logging camp. I have never been to one- except in my mind. :) ~L

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  2. You guys are awesome! I didn't know you were doing so many posts! Thanks so much for the support.

    I need some opinions from your readers. I've never been quite satisfied with this cover, and several readers have said the same. Should I change to this new one? (Click on my name to travel to my blog.)

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    1. Michelle- Thanks! Hope the tour is going well. :) Also- great idea to ask people what they think about the cover. Hope it helps. :)
      ~Jess and Stephanie

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  3. Oh, I really like this series. You see, my dad was raised in a logging camp up in the top of Wisconsin. I'll really have to check into this series.

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    1. Donna- How fascinating that your dad was raised on a logging camp. Another reason you will have to check out this book (and it is only 99 cents right now). :) ~L

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  4. Hey $.99 is a steal! I will grab a copy. I live in Oregon where logging is a big part of the history. I will check this out!

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    1. Heidie- I agree with you that it is a steal. With all the logging in Oregon you will probably be able to relate to this book and the setting. :) ~L

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  5. I'm not sure how I would feel about living in a logging camp, but I've made up my mind to be more adventurous, so I would try to enjoy it.

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    1. Barbara- I love your answer! Fear not the unexpected. :) ~L

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  6. I guess we'd all make the best of it. But isn't Michelle's writing positively glorious? Do the other cover Michelle. Can I put the other one on my post?? *wink*

    *waves*

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    1. Robyn- Michelle's writing is fabulous! I love your comment about the cover. :) Thanks so much for stopping by. ~L

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  7. Life in a logging camp, wow... well, I've been living without hot water and the ability to cook for 5 weeks now, since the gas was turned off by Con Ed due to a leak, so a logging camp doesn't sound so bad. At least one could cook over a fire pit!

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    1. Catherine- I guess based on what you have been going through a logging camp wouldn't be bad at all. Hope everything gets better soon and you get hot water and gas! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  8. That would be quite the adventure - and really tough on a girl in those times! Sounds like a great story! :)

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    1. Jemi- What a great attitude. It sure would be an adventure. Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  9. Wow, what a unique situation. I am drawn to stories at that point in history. Thanks for the rec.

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    1. Leslie- It is very unique! I hope you enjoy this one. It is a grea HF read. :) ~L

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  10. If I was uprooted to a logging camp? I would love it. Actually going outside and doing something. As long as it had wifi... (:

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    1. Adrina- I love your sense of adventure! I am glad you would embrace the change. I bet nowadays a logging camp would have wifi. :) ~L

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  11. This sounds like a great adventure I would have loved to experience fifty years ago in my youth. I do like historical accounts of the way other's lived and will check this one out.

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    1. Anna- Yeah! I think you would have enjoyed yourself with your love of adventure. I hope you enjoy this story. Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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  12. Wow! Thanks everyone for your many perspectives. I do so much research with the goal of making real history come alive. I hope you enjoy the book (and share it with a kid!).

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    1. Michelle- Thank you for stopping by. We know our readers love to hear from authors. Your book helps history come alive and hopefully many kids and adults will be reading it soon.
      ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Thanks! It was a fabulous book. Michelle is a talents writer. I also enjoyed your review. Great blog! ~Jess

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