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You could win $100 – and a bonus $100 for your school!!

Mary Miller, Young Voices of New York, Publisher
May 9, 2017
Filed under Serial Story, Showcase

There's still time to read this year's serial story, The Path to Freedom, written by the YVNY editor, Mike Peterson and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin and then enter the quiz/essay contest for a chance to win $100.  Up to 6 regional winners will be selected from all entries received by Wednesday,...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
April 4, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

When the British attacked again, they were desperate and fierce. As more patriots joined the Americans, Burgoyne found himself outnumbered and nearly out of supplies. He refused to retreat to Ticonderoga, but Gates and the Americans stood between him and Albany. So, on October 7, 1777, he attacked....

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Seven, The First Battle

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Seven, The First Battle

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
March 28, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

“I filed the edges of his hoof and put some grease on it, to keep it from splitting,” the young rifleman said, as he came into the circle, sat on a log and took a dish of peas and salt pork from Sylvie. “Thank you, Miss,” he said to her, then continued to talk to Luke. “I smeared some grease...

Path to Freedom – Chapter Six, Building Up to the Battle

Path to Freedom – Chapter Six, Building Up to the Battle

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
March 21, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

Some weeks passed, and the Americans’ Northern Army grew as the Congress let General Washington send more troops. The patriots were now camped where the Mohawk and Hudson rivers met. There were small fights here and there when British and patriot groups ran into each other, but the only real battle...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Five, At the Campsite

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Five, At the Campsite

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
March 14, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

Sylvie felt sick to her stomach. She didn’t want to talk about Jane McCrea. She didn’t want to think about Jane McCrea. But that was all anyone was talking about. And there was no way to get away from the other women. The sun had finally come out and this was their chance to do laundry,...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Four, Blocking the Path

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Four, Blocking the Path

Mike Peterson
March 7, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

“You know,” Luke’s father said, “every time I’ve gone to Fort Ann, I’ve seen this tree and thought how glad I was that it never showed up at our sawmill.” Luke laughed. The tree was, indeed, a mess. No doubt, when it was just two feet tall, some deer had nibbled the growth bud at...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Three, To Follow the Gun

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Three, To Follow the Gun

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
February 28, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

“Start filling tote sacks with oats and put them in the wagon,” Father said, as the militiamen left the clearing and headed for the next cabin. “Start with half a dozen. That’ll leave plenty for the cow. You’ll need to gather up some leather straps and the harness tools, too.” “I’ll...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Two, The Militia Called Out

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Two, The Militia Called Out

February 21, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

A dozen men were talking to Luke and Sylvie’s father in the dooryard as they came out of the woods. Their mother and grandfather were standing at the door; the two younger children looking out around their mother’s skirts. “They want the horses,” Sylvie warned him quietly, before they were...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter One, The Sawyer’s Son

The Path to Freedom – Chapter One, The Sawyer’s Son

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
February 14, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

“Hold on.” David stopped walking; Jonathan took one more step and then stopped beside him, looking around the green forest as they stood side-by-side on the path. Luke Van Gelder walked around to the other side of the cart, to the stack of freshly-cut firewood, and began to pile it in. Jonathan...

New Serial Story – Starting next week! The Path to Freedom

New Serial Story – Starting next week!  The Path to Freedom

Mary Miller, Young Voices of New York, Publisher
February 7, 2017
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

I'm fairly certain everyone reading this knows something about the American Revolution despite the fact that it was fought well over 200 years ago. The Path to Freedom, a new serialized story written by our own YVNY editor, Mike Peterson and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin, should give you all ...

When New York Was New: Chapter Eight, The Next Century, and Those After

When New York Was New: Chapter Eight, The Next Century, and Those After

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
March 9, 2016
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

In 1707, England and Scotland put aside their quarrels and, along with Wales, were united as a new nation called Great Britain. Britain began to focus on building its colonies, and New York saw great growth over the next century. The city of New York began the 1700s with 4,983 residents. By 1790,...

When New York Was New: Chapter Seven, A Century of Change

When New York Was New: Chapter Seven, A Century of Change

Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY
March 2, 2016
Filed under Audio, Serial Story, Showcase

As the 17th century was coming to its last years, New York’s people had gone through many changes. The Dutch government was gone, but Dutch settlers were still farming here and trading for furs. The English were running things for the settlers along the Hudson River, down near the Delaware R...

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