Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Heroism in a Mask: The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

I selected this book for First Son to read in seventh grade as his second "classic." It is one of the recommended books for Level 3 on the Mater Amabilis site. I assigned it as First Son's second classic, but I really think it was easier to read than Ivanhoe which he read earlier in the year.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the first superhero books. The hero is a masked master of disguises, his identity a secret to all but a few trusted followers. The mystery of his identity is revealed before a grand escapade at the end of the book. It all wraps up rather nicely (and quickly) but it's a fun tale of adventure, courage, and heroism amidst the French Revolution.

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  2. Oh, I loved this story so much!! What did your oldest think of it?? -Jessica

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    1. He enjoyed it, especially how much easier it was to read than Ivanhoe. (Ha!) He figured out who the hero was relatively early and then had the fun of anticipating the great reveal at the end.

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