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Kathryn Lansky has created a charming, budding young suffragette in Kat Bowen. It's 1917, and the Women's Suffrage Movement is really heating up. Kat is right in the trenches in Washington, D.C. alongside her aunt, her mother, and her sister, all dedicated to getting an amendment for the woman's right to vote. There are so many obstacles -- a President who ignores their pic Kathryn Lansky has created a charming, budding young suffragette in Kat Bowen. It's 1917, and the Women's Suffrage Movement is really heating up. Kat is right in the trenches in Washington, D.C. alongside her aunt, her mother, and her sister, all dedicated to getting an amendment for the woman's right to vote. There are so many obstacles -- a President who ignores their picket lines, husbands who belittle their movement, and a war that is about to transform the world. Kat watches and writes as her world changes, too. She becomes dedicated to the movement that drives the women in her life and becomes as involved as she can. When the arresting of picketers begins and her sister goes off to the war zone, Kat's diary becomes even more compelling. With names like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns peppering the pages, this diary will give readers an incredible education about the heart of a movement that eventually got the vote for women and started an equal rights movement that continues today.


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Kathryn Lansky has created a charming, budding young suffragette in Kat Bowen. It's 1917, and the Women's Suffrage Movement is really heating up. Kat is right in the trenches in Washington, D.C. alongside her aunt, her mother, and her sister, all dedicated to getting an amendment for the woman's right to vote. There are so many obstacles -- a President who ignores their pic Kathryn Lansky has created a charming, budding young suffragette in Kat Bowen. It's 1917, and the Women's Suffrage Movement is really heating up. Kat is right in the trenches in Washington, D.C. alongside her aunt, her mother, and her sister, all dedicated to getting an amendment for the woman's right to vote. There are so many obstacles -- a President who ignores their picket lines, husbands who belittle their movement, and a war that is about to transform the world. Kat watches and writes as her world changes, too. She becomes dedicated to the movement that drives the women in her life and becomes as involved as she can. When the arresting of picketers begins and her sister goes off to the war zone, Kat's diary becomes even more compelling. With names like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns peppering the pages, this diary will give readers an incredible education about the heart of a movement that eventually got the vote for women and started an equal rights movement that continues today.

30 review for A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington D.C., 1917

  1. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Zartman

    In 5th grade, I asked my teacher when we would learn about the Suffrage movement. She responded that we wouldn't be able to get to it. SO. 5th grade Taylor said "Don't worry, I'll make a poster and do a presentation for the class." And 5th grade Taylor sure as hell did. I made a giant timeline of the movement that went up on our classroom wall. And for the presentation, I read excerpts from this book. At this point, I couldn't tell you if it was an exceptionally good book, but it definitely help In 5th grade, I asked my teacher when we would learn about the Suffrage movement. She responded that we wouldn't be able to get to it. SO. 5th grade Taylor said "Don't worry, I'll make a poster and do a presentation for the class." And 5th grade Taylor sure as hell did. I made a giant timeline of the movement that went up on our classroom wall. And for the presentation, I read excerpts from this book. At this point, I couldn't tell you if it was an exceptionally good book, but it definitely helped shape Feminist Taylor, so for that, the book is 10/10.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ana Mardoll

    A Time for Courage (Suffragette Diary) / 0-590-51141-6 In 1917, young Kat feels ambivalent about her mother's fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mother for fighting this important fight, proud that her mother wants her daughters to be full citizens of the United States, with the right to vote, the right to elected representation. At the same time, however, she fears that her mother may be injured or killed during her peaceful demonstrations, and she gently resents that her own life must take A Time for Courage (Suffragette Diary) / 0-590-51141-6 In 1917, young Kat feels ambivalent about her mother's fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mother for fighting this important fight, proud that her mother wants her daughters to be full citizens of the United States, with the right to vote, the right to elected representation. At the same time, however, she fears that her mother may be injured or killed during her peaceful demonstrations, and she gently resents that her own life must take a backseat to the wars at home (suffrage) and abroad (World War I). This is important and vital history for everyone to know and understand, regardless of gender. It is important to understand that our nation denied the vote for so long to so many of its citizens. It is important to realize that, within the last hundred years, our government locked up its own citizens under false pretenses and forcibly pried their jaws open to stuff liquefied eggs down their throats and nostrils so that their hunger strike for justice could not leak out to the media. It is crucial to realize that equality in this country was never a gift, but rather it was pried from the hands of the privileged, inch by inch. This diary handles these frightening scenes with a serious but gentle touch. Kat is frightened for the safety of her mother, and for the safety of her loved ones across the ocean, but she manages to balance her school work, her place on the hockey team, and her friends at the soda fountain. She longs for a "typical" life and is quietly angry that life's unfairness steals her loved one's time away from her, but she reacts with verve and determination, helping her mother at the picket lines and growing a victory garden in the soil beside their home. "A Time for Courage" can be enjoyed by all ages and genders, and - as mentioned before - makes an excellent supplement to the excellent movie "Iron Jawed Angels". ~ Ana Mardoll

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    As a fan of the Dear America series as an adolescent, picking this up off the shelf at Goodwill was a no-brainer. This book delves into the troubles and triumphs of a teenage daughter of a suffragette living in Washington D.C. during WWI. Having just done some research on Alice Paul myself, I am pleased by how the author brings this historical moment to life, especially bringing to light the injustices borne by those who sacrificed to stand up for what they believed in and secure the rights that As a fan of the Dear America series as an adolescent, picking this up off the shelf at Goodwill was a no-brainer. This book delves into the troubles and triumphs of a teenage daughter of a suffragette living in Washington D.C. during WWI. Having just done some research on Alice Paul myself, I am pleased by how the author brings this historical moment to life, especially bringing to light the injustices borne by those who sacrificed to stand up for what they believed in and secure the rights that I now enjoy. I wish I'd discovered book this back in 2001 when it was published and I was part of its intended audience!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This book is about a girl named Kat whose mother is in the picket line fighting for women's rights. Her mother was hit by men and sent to jail many times. I learned that women didn't always have the right to vote and be equal to men, and that we should be thankful we do have rights and are equals. This book is about a girl named Kat whose mother is in the picket line fighting for women's rights. Her mother was hit by men and sent to jail many times. I learned that women didn't always have the right to vote and be equal to men, and that we should be thankful we do have rights and are equals.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalya Hotovec

    A Time For Courage is about a girl named Kathleen Bowen and her life. Kathleen's mom and the woman in their town started a picket line to try and get the women's right to vote. Kathleen's mom gets arrested for doing the picket line. Kathleen's best friend moves away and she is very upset. Kathleen's mom gets out of jail but is still does the picket line. I would recommend this book to anyone who like to learn about the worlds history. My favorite part of the book is when Kathleen's mom gets out o A Time For Courage is about a girl named Kathleen Bowen and her life. Kathleen's mom and the woman in their town started a picket line to try and get the women's right to vote. Kathleen's mom gets arrested for doing the picket line. Kathleen's best friend moves away and she is very upset. Kathleen's mom gets out of jail but is still does the picket line. I would recommend this book to anyone who like to learn about the worlds history. My favorite part of the book is when Kathleen's mom gets out of jail. I thought this book had a valuable lesson in it. I thought the valuable lesson was to always stand up for people's rights.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin Becker

    The woman's suffrage movement as experienced by a rich white girl in Washington DC. The story was compelling, with a large cast of characters that allowed the author to explore different attitudes towards the suffrage movement. Lasky was obviously trying to incorporate some aspects of the racial dynamics within the suffrage movement, but kind of just failed. Sojourner Truth's Ain't I A Woman speech gets rehashed about five times, without any acknowledgment of the role of race in motivating the s The woman's suffrage movement as experienced by a rich white girl in Washington DC. The story was compelling, with a large cast of characters that allowed the author to explore different attitudes towards the suffrage movement. Lasky was obviously trying to incorporate some aspects of the racial dynamics within the suffrage movement, but kind of just failed. Sojourner Truth's Ain't I A Woman speech gets rehashed about five times, without any acknowledgment of the role of race in motivating the speech. There are two *very* minor Black women character, who works as maids in the households of the main character's family. Their inclusion in the book allowed the author to make a few pointed remarks about the tension between the concerns of white feminists and those of Black women. I kept waiting for the main character to have a revelation about how her mother's activism was exclusionary and privileged, but, nothing. So i learned a bit from this book specifically about President Wilson's response to the suffrage movement, but i know too much about how Black women were excluded from the suffrage movement to see this as a good representation of the time period. Good for young readers only with guidance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I found this book by accident while browsing library ebooks from my home computer. I'm a big fan of historical fiction — especially if it's told from the perspective of a young adult. Having little knowledge about the women's suffrage movement of the early twentieth century, or the beginnings of the US involvement in the Great War, I borrowed this book to read in hopes that it would enlighten me. Kat Bowen has the same worries as any typical girl of thirteen years old, such as learning percentage I found this book by accident while browsing library ebooks from my home computer. I'm a big fan of historical fiction — especially if it's told from the perspective of a young adult. Having little knowledge about the women's suffrage movement of the early twentieth century, or the beginnings of the US involvement in the Great War, I borrowed this book to read in hopes that it would enlighten me. Kat Bowen has the same worries as any typical girl of thirteen years old, such as learning percentages in school or practicing her Latin. But she also is in the midst of a revolution of sorts. It's 1917 in Washington, DC, and women have not yet gained the right to vote in elections. Kat's mother Eleanor is a member of the movement, along with her Auntie Claire, her classmate Harriet's mother, and a lot of well-known feminists like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. Kat writes in her diary and tells of her everyday non-adventures, but she also talks of those women around her — her older sisters Nell and Cassie, her mother, and many other brave women — who stand up for their rights as citizens of the Unites States. I had no idea that the women who fought for the right to vote were treated so horribly by the president, law enforcers, and the judicial system. There's a large section after the main content of the book that has notes to other historical facts about the time, and a lot of background information on some of the real-life people who were a part of the women's suffrage movement in the US. After I finished reading the story, I spent time reading about the history of women's suffrage. Voting is something I do whenever I have the opportunity — to not exercise my right to vote would seem like an insult to the many women who fought hard for themselves and women after them to be able to do what men had been doing for a long time. This was the first book I read in the Dear America series. I think I'll be looking for more at the library, as it's a great way to learn about American history and read about interesting characters at the same time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    To say that Kathleen "Kat" Bowen's life is boring compared to her other members of her family is a bit of an understatement. In this diary, we see through her eyes the women's suffrage movement, the beginning of World War I, and a great deal of change in this country in 1917. It makes me feel amazed and proud to stand up for women's suffrage that still continues to this day. I wanted to read this in honor of the new Suffragettes film coming out later this year, and this book provides a first hand To say that Kathleen "Kat" Bowen's life is boring compared to her other members of her family is a bit of an understatement. In this diary, we see through her eyes the women's suffrage movement, the beginning of World War I, and a great deal of change in this country in 1917. It makes me feel amazed and proud to stand up for women's suffrage that still continues to this day. I wanted to read this in honor of the new Suffragettes film coming out later this year, and this book provides a first hand account of how tumultuous and inspiring women's suffrage was. It also, unfortunately, provided the idiotic ways President Wilson acted during this time. He refused to support women's right to vote for quite some time, and I really felt the same frustrations and anger the women felt as I read Kat's diary. A woman, in my eyes, endures so much more than a man could possibly do, and this book proves the resilience and determination of the women who fight and continue to fight for equality in this nation. This is great for anyone who appreciates American history, women's suffrage, or just want to read something on a rainy afternoon. This is highly recommended for all girls and women...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Anderson

    This was an interesting book. I knew something about the sufferage movement before I read it, including the atrocities visited upon the women arrested for their "crimes," but it never quite dawned on me that the president himself was so...pig-headed, I guess is the word. For lack of better term. I mean, Wilson has never been my favorite of the presidents, but seriously? This wasn't the best book in the world from a literary standpoint, but I think Lasky definitely gets across the fear someone wo This was an interesting book. I knew something about the sufferage movement before I read it, including the atrocities visited upon the women arrested for their "crimes," but it never quite dawned on me that the president himself was so...pig-headed, I guess is the word. For lack of better term. I mean, Wilson has never been my favorite of the presidents, but seriously? This wasn't the best book in the world from a literary standpoint, but I think Lasky definitely gets across the fear someone would have felt at the dawn of America's involvement in WWI and the chaos of the sufferage movement. On a side note, I love how this series of books (and the companion series geared towards boys) examine parts of history glossed over in the typical social studies class. I think they'd be great to use as an end-of-the-year project for students where they worked individually or in pairs to create a presentation about one of these "ignored" parts of history. The book wouldn't be the only source, but rather a starting point for a larger project. 4/5 on here, 8/10 for myself

  10. 4 out of 5

    Callie Stillion

    Kathleen is not happy with the Suffrage, and her Mom is put in jail, twice. She wishes she could change it. But she can`t, so the law won`t change! Sometimes, when her Dad is home late, she has to eat alone, and usually with him, dinner is very quiet. Kat doesn`t know why, but it just is. When her sister, Cassie, comes home for summer from college, the first dinner is quiet, and Kathleen knows just why. All that Cassie is interested in is the Great War and the Suffrage, and she knows that the fa Kathleen is not happy with the Suffrage, and her Mom is put in jail, twice. She wishes she could change it. But she can`t, so the law won`t change! Sometimes, when her Dad is home late, she has to eat alone, and usually with him, dinner is very quiet. Kat doesn`t know why, but it just is. When her sister, Cassie, comes home for summer from college, the first dinner is quiet, and Kathleen knows just why. All that Cassie is interested in is the Great War and the Suffrage, and she knows that the family does not want to hear it. So, she stays quiet. Nell finds a job, as an ambulance corp, and hasn`t come home since she found the job. Only two letters, is what Nell sent. Of course, I bet there was more letters that came, but not it the book. This was about the first time that the Suffrage and women not being able to vote really came to mind, except when I read some of the American Girl Doll Samantha books. I don`t know why, but this subject doesn`t come to mind a lot. And this is the first time I really learned about what happened.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Anderson

    Bibliography: Lasky, Kathryn. A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen. New York: Scholastic, 2002. Summary: Kat is the youngest daughter of an affluent family living in Washington D.C. in 1917. Her mother is a part of the Women's Movement fighting for the vote. Kat helps make banners and delivers them to picketers outside of the White House. Things start off peaceful but as the country gets swept up in the Great War, the demonstrations become violent. The police start arresting Bibliography: Lasky, Kathryn. A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen. New York: Scholastic, 2002. Summary: Kat is the youngest daughter of an affluent family living in Washington D.C. in 1917. Her mother is a part of the Women's Movement fighting for the vote. Kat helps make banners and delivers them to picketers outside of the White House. Things start off peaceful but as the country gets swept up in the Great War, the demonstrations become violent. The police start arresting the picketers, including Kat's mother. Kat struggles with coming of age without her mother and writes a letter to the president about the difficulties of becoming a young woman without her mother to talk to. As disturbing information is leaked about the treatment of the female prisoners, tensions rise in the White House and Kat's family. Reaction: Instructional Use:

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    Part of the reason why I have always been involved in politics is because I want my voice to be heard and in order for me as a woman to voice my opinion, many women before me had to fight for the right. This book captures the politics of the time not just women working for the right to vote but the threat of World War I. It shows just how dividing the issue was and the impact that it had on families. Kathleen is a very believable character. She is a young girl who wants equal rights but at the s Part of the reason why I have always been involved in politics is because I want my voice to be heard and in order for me as a woman to voice my opinion, many women before me had to fight for the right. This book captures the politics of the time not just women working for the right to vote but the threat of World War I. It shows just how dividing the issue was and the impact that it had on families. Kathleen is a very believable character. She is a young girl who wants equal rights but at the same time wants her mother to be safe and the fighting in her extended family to end. It was definitely an interesting read and makes me appreciate the rights that I do have in this day and age.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    AH! a book about womans rights!! awesome!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

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  15. 5 out of 5

    kaotickitten

    One of the longer books in the series. This one was an easy read. In it we get to read about the suffragette movement. They show some of the harshness that women had to go threw to get the vote. Also deals with WWI also known as the Great War. The characters felt real. In the back as always there were facts and pictures to make the story come alive. The character got whiny but knew they were being self centered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Although many women still feel mistreated and second-class in the U.S. today, there was a time not that long ago when things were even worse for them. For much of the country's history women were not allowed to vote. Period. They legal rights were limited (they couldn't sue in court), and higher education was sometimes denied to them. Although technically free, women of that time weren't much above slaves as far as personal power went. This book shows events happening in 1917 in which women began Although many women still feel mistreated and second-class in the U.S. today, there was a time not that long ago when things were even worse for them. For much of the country's history women were not allowed to vote. Period. They legal rights were limited (they couldn't sue in court), and higher education was sometimes denied to them. Although technically free, women of that time weren't much above slaves as far as personal power went. This book shows events happening in 1917 in which women began a movement to obtain the legal right to vote. The things that happened to them are quite shocking, even by today's standards. Many were arrested on basically trumped-up charges and the court trials that they had were ludricous, their rights not really protected in any way. (The concept of "free speech" which is so important today was utterly ignored at the time.) The conditions of the jails that they were put into were atrocious and would have resulted in major shocking news coverage in all of today's papers if the same thing happened now. Yet this is also shown as the personal story of a young girl whose mother was involved in the movement and whose father was a busy doctor, leaving her at times feeling quite alone. We see how differences of opinion between men and women were enough to tear up one family, and how the women who were demonstrating were often physically assaulted while the police looked the other way. We also learn how the government, including the President, didn't want to pay any attention to the women at all. Of course this was also the time when World War I had started in Europe and when the U.S. was trying to stay out of the war, unsuccessfully. The women's plea that the U.S. would fight for democracy overseas while ignoring it at home was also ignored by the government. Yet another excellent book in this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    It is hard to imagine a time when women did not have any rights, but they did not get that privilege until 1920. Kat's mother is a fictional character, but the historical events have been documented. Women were given very little consideration from Pilgrim days on. If a woman hurt herself falling on ice, her husband could demand retribution for her being incapacitated. Women could not own property, could not sue for damages, and were not legal guardians of their own children. Champions of women's It is hard to imagine a time when women did not have any rights, but they did not get that privilege until 1920. Kat's mother is a fictional character, but the historical events have been documented. Women were given very little consideration from Pilgrim days on. If a woman hurt herself falling on ice, her husband could demand retribution for her being incapacitated. Women could not own property, could not sue for damages, and were not legal guardians of their own children. Champions of women's rights were (1848) Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her Quaker friend Lucretia Mott. They met with a group of approx. 300, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and divised a Declaration of Rights that became the basis for the women's movement. Later leaders were Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone. They were organizers and collected signatures. Alice Paul was a very educated woman and she organized the pickets outside the White House. Those women picketed for 6 cold months. They were peaceful and were tolerated until WW1 began. Then they were arrested, tried, and placed in dreadful workhouses. During the 6 months, women from other states joined them. Senators wives, and wives of bureaucrats, were also jailed and this drew the men into the women's movement. When Senators went to inspect the workhouse conditions, they were appalled. Women were treated cruelly and given wormy food. These men wrote letters to newspapers and swayed public opinion. N.Y. granted suffrage in 1917. Wyoming - 1869,and 1890 for Colorado, Idaho, and Utah.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PSU

    "If we could just realize we are all humans and should have all rights due to human biengs. If women if women suffrege can help peaple as peaple,human beings, then that is worth in awful lot."(pg.96)- Kat. The main character of the story kathranie grace bowen or "kat" sure goes thru a lot. In the quote above in a short summary i would say that it basicly means "If only people can see people as people. and this sentence discribes the women suffrege a lot. it not only realates to the women sufrege "If we could just realize we are all humans and should have all rights due to human biengs. If women if women suffrege can help peaple as peaple,human beings, then that is worth in awful lot."(pg.96)- Kat. The main character of the story kathranie grace bowen or "kat" sure goes thru a lot. In the quote above in a short summary i would say that it basicly means "If only people can see people as people. and this sentence discribes the women suffrege a lot. it not only realates to the women sufrege but i belive that it also realates to race,religion and gender.Its mosly realated the fat that dicribes the diffrece betwen one person and another. During the womens movement or as the term "suffrege " is often used tells a story who dared do what they thought was the imposible. If president wilson did not support thesse women,it really makes me question what type of country we truly are. who are we if we connot see people as people. As the saying goes,"in every dark place their is always a canddle" will you be the never ending darkness or will you be that one candlle that changes it all. (I would recommend this book to ms reicks becouse i know how serious she is about this topic) cesar.A

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    It's 1917 in Washington, D.C, and as the Great War rages in Europe, thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen is caught up in a fight closer to home. Her mother, sister Nell, and Auntie Claire are suffragists, fighting for voting rights for women, to the disapproval of her Uncle Bayard and the worry of her father. Kat and her cousin Alma, who are the exact same age, want to help, but they are too young to join the picket line. As it begins to seem more and more likely that the United States will enter th It's 1917 in Washington, D.C, and as the Great War rages in Europe, thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen is caught up in a fight closer to home. Her mother, sister Nell, and Auntie Claire are suffragists, fighting for voting rights for women, to the disapproval of her Uncle Bayard and the worry of her father. Kat and her cousin Alma, who are the exact same age, want to help, but they are too young to join the picket line. As it begins to seem more and more likely that the United States will enter the war, life begins to change in other ways. Nell leaves to join the Women's Ambulance Corps in France, and Alma, desperate to escape after her parents' bitter divorce, runs away to England and becomes a Red Cross volunteer. But the worst hardship of all is still to come. Kat's mother is arrested, and Kat wonders how she will ever make it through this unbearable loneliness. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the Dear America series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    This is the first Dear America book I have read since I was a child. I didn't read this one when I was younger, probably because it was published after I had grown out of the Dear America series and moved on to other historical fiction. It was a disappointing read because this book didn't captivate me in the way that I remember Dear America books doing when I was a kid. The writing seemed discontinuous and shallow. Also, with this particular story, I found the central character to be underdevelop This is the first Dear America book I have read since I was a child. I didn't read this one when I was younger, probably because it was published after I had grown out of the Dear America series and moved on to other historical fiction. It was a disappointing read because this book didn't captivate me in the way that I remember Dear America books doing when I was a kid. The writing seemed discontinuous and shallow. Also, with this particular story, I found the central character to be underdeveloped. I built a clear picture of the supporting characters (Kat's mother, cousin, father, aunt, etc.) but I never really understood who Kat was as a person.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

    Lasky, Kathryn. A time for courage; The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington DC 1917,Scholastic Inc.; 1St Edition edition, 2002. The story takes place in 1917 and our character Kat feels indifferent about her moms fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mom but more worried about her personal safety during her demonstrations. This has some great historical significance for freshman year high school. This diary really tells the story of what it was like to witness these events. I enjoy Lasky, Kathryn. A time for courage; The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington DC 1917,Scholastic Inc.; 1St Edition edition, 2002. The story takes place in 1917 and our character Kat feels indifferent about her moms fight for suffrage. She is proud of her mom but more worried about her personal safety during her demonstrations. This has some great historical significance for freshman year high school. This diary really tells the story of what it was like to witness these events. I enjoy the fact that they grow a victory garden. It seems appropriate for the time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kat Bowen must be respectful of her family's noble causes, her father's a doctor, her sisters wish to help in the war and her mother is in the picket for women's' rights. Young Kat has many struggles to go through, her biggest worry is for her mom, who with many other women get imprisoned. Near the beginning her thoughts were her parents actually divorcing, which was extremely uncommon back then. There is a happy ending at the end of the book, but the family will still struggle with some loss. B Kat Bowen must be respectful of her family's noble causes, her father's a doctor, her sisters wish to help in the war and her mother is in the picket for women's' rights. Young Kat has many struggles to go through, her biggest worry is for her mom, who with many other women get imprisoned. Near the beginning her thoughts were her parents actually divorcing, which was extremely uncommon back then. There is a happy ending at the end of the book, but the family will still struggle with some loss. Being normal and going with the flow doesn't change the world for better or worse.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The title of the book I am reading is called A Time for Courage.The Author is not really stated but the girl who is said to have wrote the book is Kathleen Bowen.The setting is Washington D.C.,1917.The Characters are Kathleen,her mother,and her sister.As the fight for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen Bowen gets to participate as her mother and her sister, and many others close to her organize and act to win the right to vote.My recommendation is for anyone that likes history books.My personal The title of the book I am reading is called A Time for Courage.The Author is not really stated but the girl who is said to have wrote the book is Kathleen Bowen.The setting is Washington D.C.,1917.The Characters are Kathleen,her mother,and her sister.As the fight for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen Bowen gets to participate as her mother and her sister, and many others close to her organize and act to win the right to vote.My recommendation is for anyone that likes history books.My personal opinion was that it was really good.I enjoyed the woman's rights.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not. This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yariel Rivas

    This historical fiction book is about a suffragette named Kathleen Bowen, who writes her diary while living under a time of women suffrage during the early 20th century. But there were so many awful criticisms by narrowly minded anti-suffragists who were against their right to vote, they believed that the march was a silly and stupid, but also they used names as succubus, unwomanly and witches, especially Uncle Bayard who totally opposed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    One of my favorites in the series. Kathleen is both realistic for her time and relatable to modern readers. The events of 1917 are to me the most interesting part of the suffrage movement and this diary taught me a lot before I learned about the National Woman’s Party in middle school. Small critiques would be that there is one minor typo in the text and the epilogue and author’s note both incorrectly refer to the Spanish influenza as an “epidemic” when the correct term is pandemic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I read this quick book on a plane flight last month (Memphis Trip) I actually learned a lot. I'm so thankful for the right to vote that the women in this book worked so hard to get. I liked the format of this book, all diary entries from the daughter of a suffragette. I'll definately read more of this series. Thanks for recommending Stephanie! I read this quick book on a plane flight last month (Memphis Trip) I actually learned a lot. I'm so thankful for the right to vote that the women in this book worked so hard to get. I liked the format of this book, all diary entries from the daughter of a suffragette. I'll definately read more of this series. Thanks for recommending Stephanie!

  28. 4 out of 5

    EverAfter1904

    It was a really good book. In class we were reading one of these books and I thought it would be good too. But it was really good. Kathleen Bowen has a mother who is on the picket line trying to protest not getting the right for women to vote. This is a must read for girls who are aged 9-14. Read the story to find out what happened to Kat, Kathleen.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    I am still reading this book. This is an interesting book or diary, of a young 13 year old girl whose mother and aunt are part of the women's party during the suffrage movement. It has been especially poignant now with everything going on about the elections. I am still reading this book. This is an interesting book or diary, of a young 13 year old girl whose mother and aunt are part of the women's party during the suffrage movement. It has been especially poignant now with everything going on about the elections.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This just caught my eye in the juniors section of the library and I got it on a whim. It's very interesting, however, the only disappointing thing about it is that Kathleen Bowen is fictitious and therefore it is not an actual account of a suffragette. This just caught my eye in the juniors section of the library and I got it on a whim. It's very interesting, however, the only disappointing thing about it is that Kathleen Bowen is fictitious and therefore it is not an actual account of a suffragette.

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