I read Countdown years ago after having picked it up at the Scholastic Warehouse Sale.
I loved it.
I loved the way the archival photos, speeches and other media served to provide historical context for the story. It served as a way into the story for me, a reader who typically shies away from historical fiction.
It is the same feeling with Revolution — so much so that I’m sad when our independent reading time in class ends.
I haven’t been able to convince any of my students to read Countdown yet, but I am hopeful that reading Revolution in front of them will pique someone’s interest.
But the real reason I wanted to write about Revolution today is the Flobots. Many Thursdays I do not ride with my carpool because I have class at the university and must drive myself. This morning, in an effort to stay awake, I had my collection of Flobots songs on shuffle. “Anne Braden” came up and made me think of Revolution. It’s below.
Can you see the connection?