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The Pushcart War Summary
Jean Merrill

Everything you need to understand or teach The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill.

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  • 30 The Pushcart War Lessons
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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
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The Pushcart War Summary


The year is 1996, and a diligent historian sets out to describe for young readers the Pushcart War of 1986. With meticulous attention to detail, the narrator skillfully presents a straightforward account of the events of the war, drawing on history texts, newspaper articles, and interviews. Each action in the developing conflict is supported by ample documentation gathered in imaginative, absurdly coincidental, but amazingly believable ways. The interaction of people and events clearly defines the escalation of the war and the inevitability of its progression. Believing modern warfare to be "so complicated that peace-loving people give up trying to understand what is going on," the narrator uses her account of the Pushcart War to clarify the actions and subsequent reactions leading to a war that crippled a major city.

From this unique vantage point, Merrill presents the familiar David and Goliath theme in a modern setting, pitting a loyal band of...

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