Books By Emil Cicogna

A Sign of the Times Trilogy

A Young Adult collection that teaches history through literature. 

A Sign of the Times -
Book 1 in the 3 Part Series

“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.

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A Sign of the Times - 
STUDY GUIDE

Written to accompany A Sign of the Times, this study guide provides a useful teaching tool.

 

The guide goes through individual chapters and includes:

  • a list of objectives,

  • suggestions for historical curriculum,

  • lesson prompts,

  • student research prompts,

  • characterizations, themes, key vocabulary words,

  • critical thinking questions.

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Rachel - 
Book 2 in the 3 Part Series

Rachel explores the continuing story of the Collier family, moving into the 20th Century with the inclusion of the telephone and the automobile becoming part of their daily lives.

 

In this sequel to A Sign of the Times, the lesson of teaching history through literature helps students relive the years leading up to World War I when the technology of weapons and war machines suddenly showed the world the power and terror the Industrial Revolution had created.

 

When Rachel gets married and starts a family, she believes that her life is complete. After her husband is sent away to the Great War in Europe, her life—and the lives of millions of other people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean—becomes a test to see if she can survive this dangerous new world.

Rachel - 
STUDY GUIDE

Written to accompany Rachel, the second book in the A Sign of the Times, this study guide provides a useful teaching tool.

 

The guide goes through individual chapters and includes:

  • a list of objectives,

  • suggestions for historical curriculum,

  • lesson prompts,

  • student research prompts,

  • characterizations, themes, key vocabulary words,

  • critical thinking questions.

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STUDY GUIDE
coming Winter 2021, too!
COMING WINTER 2021!
The Hammer & the Anvil
The final book in the 3 Part Series

As America basked in the glory of victory after World War I, newspapers rose to prominence as the news source for people in all parts of the country and the world. While newspapers became big business, they also had more and more influence on American life.

 

Set in the Roaring Twenties when jazz, the automobile, and baseball all burst upon American life like fireworks, the thunderous conclusion to the Sign of the Times Trilogy, The Hammer and the Anvil continues the lives of the brothers Joshua and James Collier. The big newspapers want to buy the Mercerville News—by any means necessary—and it becomes Morgan Standlin’s decision to either sell the paper his father built or keep it in the family. The Hammer and the Anvil continues the lives of Joshua and James Collier, along with their sister Rachel who must uphold her growing family and keep Sam’s cider mill business running in the wake of Prohibition. When the Colliers stand-up to the ruthless tactics of corrupt politicians, their very survival is threatened.

ALSO FROM EMIL CICOGNA:
ALL FOR ONE
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“If you all wish for the same thing at the same time your wish will come true.”
“How do you know it will come true?”
“God told me, and He told me to tell you.”

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.

COMING FALL 2011:
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GOING LONG

The year is 1980 and Henry Spivack hatches a plot to manipulate the Gold Market, coercing a group of brokers and several people in his own company to carry out his illegal plan of buying big, then selling all out. 

When Spivack adds a series of bribes, and even a murder to his plan, he believes the perfect coup has been accomplished, reaping millions for all involved.

Or will it?

Revenge, complicity, drugs, misguided love, and out-of-control ambition. . .all factors that may ruin even the most perfect scheme. 

A Special Project by Emil
with a note from Flint Hills Publishing President Thea Rademacher

"After reading Reyna Bradford’s book In My Hands, Stories of the Land and Animals I Love but Can’t See, and then meeting her in person, long-time educator and author Emil Cicogna was inspired to create this e-book study guide to accompany Reyna’s book.

I’m fortunate to work with both of these authors, two intelligent, hard-working people that in different ways, seek the same goal: sharing inspirational stories and information that will make the world a better place.

This Study Guide is designed to accompany Reyna Bradford’s book. A useful teaching tool, the guide goes through individual chapters and includes objectives, student research prompts, characterizations, themes, key vocabulary words, and critical thinking questions. Emil designed the Guide as a tool for parents and children to work through together, to check the website links for additional content, and to go over the vocabulary words in the context of Reyna’s book."

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