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Classic Books for Children Giveaway: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Ends Sept 24th

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay’s wife, Lucie Manette.

The 45-chapter novel was published in 31 weekly installments in Dickens’ new literary periodical titled All the Year Round. In April 1859 through November 1859, Dickens also republished the chapters as eight monthly sections in green covers. Dickens’ previous novels had appeared only as monthly installments. The first weekly installment of A Tale of Two Cities ran in the first issue of All the Year Round on 30 April 1859. The last ran thirty weeks later, on 26 November.

The opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities:  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.



Family Literacy and You & Mymcbooks Blog welcome you to our 1st Annual Classic Books for Children Giveaway Event.

We want to make sure that you and your child don’t forget the classics books. We will feature books reviews and biography of chosen classic authors. We’ll also giveaway free classic books for the month of September. We will feature 1 giveaway a week and the winner will be selected via

Mymcbooks has chosen Charles Dickens. We feature our 3rd classic book for the week of the 18th . This week is A Tale of Two Cities.




This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY – Start 18th – Ends 24th

Please follow the Mandatory Rules.  Rules NOT followed will be deleted.


1. Mandatory: Read the book description  and leave your comment and email address in the comment field below.

2. Mandatory: Follow Family Literacy and You Visit

3. Mandatory: Enter for a chance to win by clicking on

 A copy of A Tale of Two Cities will be given to 1 winner selected by

Family Literacy and You!

Drop by Family Literacy and You to learn about the Turn of the 19th Century authors

Family Literacy and You presents Peter Pan

Peter Pan Review & Giveaway
Peter Pan is one of my all-time favorites in Children’s literature. The story of a little boy who refuses to grow up, fights pirates and flies could be the story of most little boys who want to play all day, not go to school and think life would be perfect if they could fly and use a sword to battle pirates and have adventures forever. To read more click

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  1. Thank you so much for reminding us of the classics that I am sure my children know little about. I remembered the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities and that it was written by Dickens, but unfortunately I have forgotten much from my school days. Would love the opportunity to win a copy and share with my boys. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Comment by Andrea Williams | September 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. It’s been a long time since I read this book. But enjoying reading about The French Revolution and History so much has made me determined to re read this book. Thanks for choosing this book The Classics are an important part of Literacy and I think our children should be exposed to them.
    GFC follower under Lucky47
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | September 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am definitely following both you and Family Literacy and You because you both have the BEST books for kids! I can’t believe I haven’t actually read A Tale of Two Cities before! I’ve read quite a few books written by Charles Dickens, but somehow this one has been overlooked. I would love to put that right, and if I win this giveaway, I certainly will!!
    GFC follower at Family Literacy and You: Julie Witt
    I entered to win a copy of Peter Pan (which I really, really hope I win, as well!!) as Julie Witt

    Comment by Julie Witt | September 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. I love books by Charles Dickens.
    I am a follower of Family Literacy and You.
    I entered to win Peter Pan.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    You are doing a great thing to giveaway such classics.

    Comment by trinityrose | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  5. This is one of my very favorite books, but I don’t own a copy. Sydney was an eye-opening character for me, seeming to be so simple at first but so complex by the end of the novel. Yay for literacy! YAY!!!

    Comment by Mercedes | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  6. This would be a great addition to our read aloud classics afternoons. I read this in high school, but would love to read it again. Who can forget, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

    Comment by domestic diva | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  7. I remember reading this book in college. It was the teachers copy so I had to return it. But I would love to own a copy and add it to my library!

    Comment by Valerie Nichole (@january_love88) | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  8. Awesome! Thanks for all you do! I would love to win and share with my students!

    Comment by Nicholle | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  9. Another great book I dont recall every reading before. Hope to win so I can read it finally

    Comment by ann | September 23, 2011 | Reply

  10. I am interested in learning more about the origins of Peter Pan. I follow Family Literacy and You on Google Friend Connect under the username lilyk and entered their giveaway.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | September 24, 2011 | Reply

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