How Did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution?

And Other Questions about the Boston Tea Party

Children - Grade 4th-6th
48 Pages
Reviewed on 02/01/2012
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Author Biography

A former language arts high school teacher and college composition instructor, Linda Gondosch has written ten books for children, including picture books, early chapter books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction published by Lerner Publishing Group; Random House; Lodestar Books; Little, Brown; and Parker Brothers.

One of her books, WHO NEEDS A BRATTY BROTHER?, won the Kentucky Bluegrass Children's Choice Award. Also, HOW DID TEA AND TAXES SPARK A REVOLUTION? was named a 2011 Honor Book by the Society of School Librarians International.

Linda's stories are inspired by her own childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as by the adventures of her four children who were raised in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on the shores of the Ohio River. As Linda often says, "Stories are a combination of real life and a wild imagination all stirred together."

Linda now lives with her husband in Hebron, Kentucky, where she served for several years as a substitute teacher in the Kenton County Schools. She enjoys playing her violin in a local musical group, singing in The Voices of the Commonwealth, and visiting historical sites around the United States and abroad. In 2008 she and her husband toured Italy, including Rome, Venice, and Pompeii.

Linda has a BS in Education from Ohio University and a Masters in Education from Northern Kentucky University. She has spoken at over 200 schools and libraries in the Midwest about books and the writing process.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

This book appealed to me because sadly we weren’t taught much about history in school. Either that, or I am so old now that I have already forgotten it all. This book was a wonderful, fun, informative source for children (and adults) to learn more about our history. If you ever wanted to know what events led up to the Boston Tea Party, you’ll find out a detailed account of the tax problems in Britain, the Americans’ fight for independence, and more. The parchment paper background added to the fun of this book about history.

Included with the history lessons are colorful pictures depicting the era and its events to provide additional information. For example, did you know that “Yankee Doodle” was a song British soldiers used to make fun of American colonists but that the colonists later adopted it as a patriotic theme?

It was so clever to see a graphic of a GPS to show where the tea party historical marker is on Boston. Embracing new technologies that kids are familiar with to explain old history is a great idea and added to the book’s allure. I also appreciated the timeline provided so that the reader could walk through the information given and try to get a better idea about when something took place and for how long. I hope the author will write more because I need to learn more about our American history.