Courage in Dangerous Times

Courage in Dangerous Times


The Matchlock Gun, by Walter D. Edmonds:

In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came?


Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan:

In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure—and their lives. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers.


Having courage is not always easy. So, how can we find courage in dangerous times? The answer to that question is what we will discover during class. As we take a close look at two children’s actions during their own dangerous times, we will discover what gives them courage, and what prevents them from giving up. Join us as we make courage our constant companion!


  • Minimum recommended age: 6 
  • Instructor: Ms Eve Babb
  • Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • 4 classes
  • November 9, 16, 30, December 7 (no class on November 23)