Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776

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Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott cheered when the Sons of Liberty dumped English tea into Boston Harbor. Then King George sent his soldiers to take over Boston and its port. Now Daniel's home is a city under siege.

When his father slips away to join the rebels, Daniel works in the family tavern and eavesdrops on Redcoat officers. He soon learns how to slip across British lines and becomes a messenger and spy, bringing vital news of the enemy to his father, and even to General ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott cheered when the Sons of Liberty dumped English tea into Boston Harbor. Then King George sent his soldiers to take over Boston and its port. Now Daniel's home is a city under siege.

When his father slips away to join the rebels, Daniel works in the family tavern and eavesdrops on Redcoat officers. He soon learns how to slip across British lines and becomes a messenger and spy, bringing vital news of the enemy to his father, and even to General Washington. To do so puts Daniel's life in danger. But, to a Patriot, liberty is well worth any risk.

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This historical novel weaves actual people, places, and events of the Siege of Boston into an engaging fictional narrative.
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
When his father joins the New England army to fight the British, it is up to twelve-year-old Daniel to help his mother run the family tavern. Daniel must be careful not to reveal his family's connections to the Sons of Liberty because his family cannot afford to lose their business. Daniel realizes that his presence in the tavern puts him in a good position to hear details about troop movements and other plans that are valuable to General George Washington and the Patriots of Boston. He gradually learns how to act as a spy for the rebels. His initial fear of getting caught gradually subsides and he learns that not everyone who is unfriendly is an enemy and not everyone who pretends friendship is trustworthy. The time comes when Daniel must risk his life to reveal a traitor and save his father and his friends. Back matter includes a historical note that describes the known facts of the Siege of Boston, a page describing the role that children played in the Revolution, a list of actual persons who are portrayed in the book, an extensive time line, a glossary, and a list of further reading resources. This title is the first in a series to be called "Boys of Wartime." Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott becomes a man during the siege of Boston in the early days of the American Revolution. Coming of age in the crucible of war is a common theme in literature, and Calkhoven carries it off well, placing Daniel in the midst of many of the key historical events. There's an unfortunate Forrest Gump quality to stories like this, which aim to teach history to young readers: The protagonist seems to be everywhere-overhearing the British plan to sabotage the Sons of Liberty; helping John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren; being at Bunker Hill; meeting General Washington; even uncovering treacherous acts that could determine the outcome of the Patriots' efforts. But young readers will learn much about the period, and the excellent backmatter is a fine resource, including solid suggestions for further reading. Two archival maps are provided, but a map drawn specifically for the volume would have been more useful in showing sites essential to Daniel's narrative. Overall, though, a fine introduction to the times for an audience not yet ready for Johnny Tremain. (historical note, children's roles in the American Revolution, historic characters, timeline, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525421443
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/4/2010
  • Series: Boys of Wartime Series
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 410,370
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Calkhoven is the author of numerous books for children, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter. She lives in New York City.

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