For many children, history is as conceptually distant as it is literally distant, brought closer only by historical fiction that features characters that are compelling and stories that are fascinating. The novel Cimarron Sunrise by Brenda Turner takes readers back in time all the way to 1889, the year that Maddy's Ma decides to seek free land and a new way of life in Indian Territory. Turner captures the adventure and excitement that characterize the time period, with readers becoming enthusiastic about the adventures that both reading and history hold for them.
Nine-year-old Maddy is exposed to an entirely different world as she, her younger brother, and her fearless mother pile into a covered wagon and leave Independence, Missouri. While competing in the Oklahoma Land Run, they face many obstacles; among them: walking across narrow bridge planks, crossing a flooded river, and being separated, all endured in the effort to claim free land so that Ma and the children could finally have a place of their own.
Cimarron Sunrise by Brenda Turner opens up children to explore a period in history that they would have otherwise not experienced. The excitement, passion, and suspense of the journey can be felt by readers as they learn about a different culture and time than the one in which they were raised. Cimarron Sunrise is certain to stimulate the imaginations of its young readers and keep them anxiously turning page from cover to cover.
Turner brings the Old West alive in Cimarron Sunrise. The dirt roads, open waterways, and tent settlements, and land claim journey described in these pages are as real as they were in the late 1800s. Children have a chance to experience history by way of their imaginations.
About the Author
Brenda Turner is a National Board Certified teacher. She currently teaches fourth grade which gives her the ability to appeal to children with her writing. Cimarron Sunrise is her first published children’s book. Turner is certain to become a fast favorite of her young readers.