Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776
  • Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776
  • Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776

Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776

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by Laurie Calkhoven
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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-A good beginning for the Boys of Wartime series.+ -Booklist
Booklist
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525421443
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Series:
Boys of Wartime Series
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
1,060,082
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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-A good beginning for the Boys of Wartime series.+ -Booklist

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