Dateline by Paul Fleischman

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"The Trojan War is ancient history. Yet, as Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman reveals, the story of the ILIAD is as current as this morning's newspaper."

The legend of the Trojan War, with its twists of tragedy and powerful portraits of human nature, has transfixed listeners and readers for thousands of years. Now Paul Fleischman retells Homer's epic poem the ILIAD—ingeniously juxtaposing each episode with newspaper clippings of modern events from the First World War through to the Gulf War—to reveal astonishing parallels between the ancient world and our own. In proud Achilles, crafty Odysseus, and lovestruck Paris, we recognize our own leaders, enemies, and next-door neighbors. In their misbegotten battles we perceive the waste of modern warfare. Enthralling storytelling as well as a penetrating look at the unending nature of war, DATELINE: TROY will leave readers with the enduring sense that history is now.

About Paul Fleischman

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Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES and a Newbery Honor for GRAVEN IMAGES. He is also the author of the play ZAP and the award-winning picture books SIDEWALK CIRCUS, THE ANIMAL HEDGE, and WESLANDIA. He lives in Aromas, California.
Published August 8, 2006 by Candlewick. 80 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Perhaps the ultimate model for making history relevant: Fleischman (A Fate Totally Worse Than Death, 1995, etc.) retells the major events of the Trojan War, while the accompanying collages show photos and newspaper articles and headlines from this century that in some way are similar to those anc...

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Other spreads refer to 20th-century wars (the two world wars, Vietnam, the Falklands, Korea, Cyprus, the Middle East) in support of Fleisch- man's thesis that war is futile: he concludes his abridged epic with the question ""Who could tell the victor from the vanquished?"" Laid against sophistica...

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