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10-Year-Old Reader: Rush Revere Inspired Me to Love History

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RUSH: This is Anastasia in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and she's 10 years old.  Anastasia, thank you for calling.  Great to have you on the program today.

CALLER:  Thank you.

RUSH:  You're welcome.  So it's your turn. 

CALLER:  I just wanted to talk about how you inspired me to love history. I read both of your books, and it was pretty amazing how it was so... it felt so realistic but yet I still wanted to go back in time.

RUSH:  Well, that is so sweet.  Anastasia, are your parents liberal Democrats? 

CALLER:  They're independent.

RUSH:  I wondered why you were whispering.  But that's very sweet of you to say.  I can't tell you how much it means to me, because you're 10 and your age group is exactly who those books were written for.  And you have nailed why.  It's because we take you right to the event via the time travel and you're part of it, to try to make it exciting and interesting and also truthful.  That's the real point of the books, because it could be that as you go through school you're going to hear different versions of history than what you read in my books.  And I want you to know that the books I've written and you have read, the depictions of history there, written for your age group, are truthful. 

That's exactly why I did it, is so that you could learn who the people were that made this country possible.  You're only 10 years old now, and my hope is -- see, I love America and I want everybody to.  I wish everybody did.  It's a special place.  It's unique for really positive, good reasons, and I want people to grow up knowing them.  I want people, young people like you to grow up loving this country and understanding why you do. 

I want you to grow up understanding why and how this country happened and what it took and how hard it was and how committed to it the people who made it possible were.  Because they were really tough and committed people and they faced hardships that you and I, Anastasia, do not know in our lives. 

They faced hardships that you and I will never have.  They believed in it so much that they sacrificed everything that they had to make it happen.  And it's endured for over 230 years for reasons.  That's why I'm so moved when somebody your age reads the book and calls and tells me that they got it and they liked it.  You have made my day.  I cannot thank you enough.  Do you have the audio versions of the book, by any chance, or just the actual books themselves? 

           

CALLER:  Just the actual books themselves.

RUSH:  Well, I would like to send you the audio version of both.  I recorded them.  They're on CDs.  So you can listen to them either in your car with your parents or in your private time, wherever you happen to be.  I read them.  It's every word.  They're not abridged.  But it's a new way to read the books again and listen to them as read by me, the author.  So if you would hang on I'll need to get an address where I can send those to you after we hang up here.  But you've got me kind of, I don't know, I'm just, I'm kind of nervous talking to you because I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fact that you liked them.  It's such a great thing.  You made my day. 

CALLER:  Thank you. 

RUSH:  You're welcome.  Now don't hang up because Mr. Snerdley, the nice man who answered the phone when you called, will hear you pick up the phone and get your address so we can send you the audio version.  That's Anastasia from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and she's a fan of the Rush Revere Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, American history series.  Yeah, that's great.

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