New Release Books by Rachel Dickinson

Rachel Dickinson is the author of The Loneliest Places (2022), The Notorious Reno Gang (2017), American Dynasties (2022), Improve your Primary School Through Drama (2012) and other 10 books.

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The Loneliest Places

release date: Oct 15, 2022
The Loneliest Places
"A child''s suicide pitches you into a hellish place of fragmentary images, the deepest depression imaginable, efforts to destroy yourself, and an almost complete break with what''s happening in the world around you. That was my experience. I wish it upon no one." The essays of The Loneliest Places began as a chronicle of Rachel Dickinson''s life after her son''s suicide. The pieces became much more. Dickinson writes the unimaginable and terrifying facts of heart-breaking loss. In The Loneliest Places she tells stories from her months on the run, fleeing her grief and herself, as she escapes to Iceland and the Falkland Islands—as far as possible from the memories of her dead son, Jack. She frankly relates the paralyzing emotion that sometimes left her trapped in her home, confined to a single chair, helplessly isolated. The tales from these years are bleak and Dickinson''s journey home, back to her changed self and fractured family, is lonely. Conjuring Emily Dickinson, she describes, though, how hope was sighted, allowed to perch, and then, remarkably, made actual.

The Notorious Reno Gang

release date: May 01, 2017
The Notorious Reno Gang
The true story of the world’s first robbery of a moving train, and the real origins of the Wild West They were the first outlaws to rob a moving train. But from 1864 to 1868, the Reno brothers and their gang of counterfeiters, robbers, burglars, and safecrackers also held the town of Seymour, Indiana, hostage, making a large hotel near the train station their headquarters. When the gang robbed the Adams Express car of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad on the outskirts of Seymour on October 6, 1866, it shocked the world—and made other burgeoning outlaws like Jesse James sit up and take notice. The extraordinary—and extra-legal—efforts to take them out defined the term “frontier justice.” In the end, ten members of the Reno Gang were hanged, including three of the Reno brothers. The Notorious Reno Gang tells the complete story for the first time, revealing how these gangsters, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, and the little city of Seymour ushered in the Wild West.

American Dynasties

release date: Oct 01, 2022
American Dynasties
No one likes to believe that America has its own aristocracy, but the families described in this narrative share how these American families climbed the social ladder and their resulting legacies. Approached from a historical lens, learn about the great and influential families, their rise and sometimes their fall, including the following families:Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Ford, Getty, Hearst, Morgan, Astor, Coors, Adams, Kennedy, Nampeyo, Wyeth, Carter, and Barrymore.

Improve your Primary School Through Drama

release date: Nov 12, 2012
Improve your Primary School Through Drama
Using drama right across the curriculum to improve and invigorate teaching and learning, this book provides whole school and individual class approaches underpinned by sound theory and implemented in a real primary school. Explanations and examples are given in a clear and accessible style, and links are made to The National Strategy. The book illustrates a wide range of strategies that show how drama can help with: behavior inclusion and multicultural issues improving the whole school ethos involving parents and governors. This user-friendly and comprehensive text is the perfect support tool for teachers and managers ready to improve their school regardless of whether they''re approaching drama for the first time or are already passionate about it.

Rise and Fall of the Reno Gang

release date: May 01, 2017
Rise and Fall of the Reno Gang
The true story of the world''s first robbery of a moving train, and the real origins of the Wild WestThey were the first outlaws to rob a moving train. But from 1864 to 1868, the Reno brothers and their gang of counterfeiters, robbers, burglars, and safecrackers also held the town of Seymour, Indiana, hostage, making a large hotel near the train station their headquarters. When the gang robbed the Adams Express car of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad on the outskirts of Seymour on October 6, 1866, it shocked the world--and made other burgeoning outlaws like Jesse James sit up and take notice. The extraordinary--and extra-legal--efforts to take them out defined the term "frontier justice." In the end, ten members of the Reno Gang were hanged, including three of the Reno brothers. The Notorious Reno Gang tells the complete story for the first time, revealing how these gangsters, Pinkerton''s National Detective Agency, and the little city of Seymour ushered in the Wild West.

Falconer on the Edge

release date: May 11, 2009
Falconer on the Edge
In this portrait of a man obsessed, “Dickinson presents a clear picture of the strange and fascinating lives of modern falconers” (Ted Floyd, editor, Birding). Falconer Steve Chindgren is a man willing to make extreme sacrifices to continue practicing the sport that has ruled his life. This portrait of him and the world he inhabits conveys a sense of falconry’s allure: the unpredictable nature of the hunt and the soaring exhilaration of success. Further exploration unveils the enormous emotional cost to a falconer who establishes an extraordinary tie to his birds. When, in the space of two days, Chindgren loses two birds that he’d been training for years, he is plunged into a profound depression that is only deepened when Jomo, his best bird, slows down because of old age. In addition to this challenge, Chindgren faces the danger to falconry that the modern world presents. Grouse habitat is being degraded by mining, agriculture, and gas industry interests. And the number of falconers is dwindling—the corps is graying and has few acolytes. Falconry is a sport that requires persistence, stoicism, and sacrifice; in this captivating account, Dickinson illuminates a fascinating subculture and one of its most hardcore personalities.

GREAT PIONEER PROJECTS

release date: May 01, 2007
GREAT PIONEER PROJECTS
What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800s? Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the settling of the great American frontier with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Young learners build replica sod houses, log cabins, and covered wagons and create their own printing presses and maps. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself provides detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project. Historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and fascinating trivia support the fun projects and teach readers about the American pioneers’ relentless push westward. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life on the trail and on the frontier. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself brings the American Pioneer experience to life.

Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome
For use in schools and libraries only. Fifteen hands-on activities illuminate life in ancient Rome and help to explain how Roman innovations and ideas about government, science, religion, sport, and warfare have shaped history and our own world view.

The Ghost Hunter's Handbook

release date: Aug 01, 2002

The Witch's Handbook

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Witch's Handbook
Accompanied by essential tips and techniques for spells and potions, a fascinating guide to the mysterious realm of witches reveals how to tell if someone close to you is a witch, provides a wealth of information on how to become a successful witch, and much more. Original.

Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself
Helps kids better understand the hardships of life on the frontier by featuring projects involving mapmaking, house building, quilting, candlemaking, newspaper typesetting, and more. Original.

Tools of Navigation

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Tools of Navigation
Discusses the history of navigation, how past and current navigational equipment works, and how to practice navigation from home using different pieces of equipment.

'What Do You Mean by Dressing?'

release date: Jan 01, 2016

Children Engaging with Drama

release date: May 01, 2004
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