Imogene's Last Stand
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
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Meet Imogene Tripp, a plucky girl with a passion for history. As a baby, her first words were “Four score and seven years ago.” In preschool, she finger-painted a map of the Oregon Trail. So it’s not surprising that when the mayor wants to tear down the long-neglected Liddleville Historical Society to make room for a shoelace factory, Imogene is desperate to convince the town how important its history is. But even though she rides through the streets in her Paul Revere costume shouting, “The bulldozers are coming, the bulldozers are coming!” the townspeople won’t budge. What’s a history-loving kid to do?
Filled with quotes from history’s biggest players—not to mention mini-bios—and lots of humor, this is the perfect book for budding historians.
“This girl-power story succeeds as an energetic—and funny—against-all-odds tale.” —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
Candace Fleming is the prolific author of many critically acclaimed books for children, including the picture books Oh, No!, Clever Jack Takes the Cake, and Imogene's Last Stand. She is also the author of the nonfiction titles Amelia Lost, The Great and Only Barnum, and The Lincolns. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and 11 Experiments that Failed, both by Jenny Offill, and Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2009: "With a light touch, complemented by Carpenter’s breezy illustrations, Fleming introduces rather than stresses these issues, making room for more thoughtful discussion but never requiring it"
Publishers Weekly, October 5, 2009: "Imogene’s passion and comedic perseverance inspire"
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009: "Fleming peppers the text with famous quotes that add a layer of historical depth to the story"
Booklist, July 1, 2009: "Fleming’s sense of small-town space is impeccable; Carpenter’s pen-and-ink art enjoyably scribbly; and the historical facts and quotes that bookend the story are just the thing to get new Imogenes fired up."