Emil Cicogna​

emil Cicogna

COMING IN 2017...The second book in this three part-series-


Based during the Industrial Revolution, A Sign of the Times is designed for Young Adult readers to teach them history and the importance of education in an ever-changing world. 



“I believe ignorance in the long run will prove far more expensive.”

Newly arrived school teacher, Leanna Pallas, is committed to bringing education to a rural Pennsylvania town in 1885. Not everyone there values education as much as Miss Pallas. The Collier family have been blacksmiths for generations. Now they must decide if they should send their teenage son Joshua to school, or train him to work in the family business. Threatened with impending poverty, the family must realize that the world they knew has changed, and so must their plans for the future.

Written by author and educator Emil Cicogna to accompany his book, A Sign of the Times, this set of lesson plans provides a useful teaching tool. The plans go through individual chapters and include: a list of objectives, suggestions for historical curriculum, lesson prompts, student research prompts, characterizations, themes, key vocabulary words, and critical thinking questions.

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Eight-year-old Veronica tells her grandmother to make a wish that she and her friends can share. Grandma Sarah tells her friends about Veronica’s message from God and against all hope and better judgment, the four old women attend church that evening and make a wish to be young once more. Twenty-one years old for twenty-four hours. When their wish is granted they set out to have more than just another party—they embark on a twenty-four hour odyssey to find redemption from the haunting memories all of them have come to feel they were too old to escape.

Emil Cicogna's Debut Young Adult Novel, A Sign of the Times, and accompanying lesson plans are now available...