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Children's LiteratureVolume eight in Patria Press's "Young Patriots Series" concentrates on the formative years of George Rogers Clark, who founded the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Clark went on to become a decorated Revolutionary War hero, securing the Northwest Territory from the British, making use of the backwoods knowledge and surveying skills that he acquired as a youth. His younger brother, William, served as the co-leader of the famed Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition. This biography gleans what scant details are available from Clark's childhood—saving a baby raccoon and presenting it to his ailing sister; foiling a horse thief's robbery attempt; rescuing two siblings from a flash flood—and recounts them in a readable, enjoyable story-like fashion. A couple of sections recall Clark's acquaintance with a young Tom Jefferson, who later became president and a driving force for United States expansion. This is a nice addition to the "Young Patriots Series," which also includes books about Amelia Earhart, James Whitcomb Riley, and Mahalia Jackson. Illustrations, a Timeline, and Fun Facts are included. 2004 (orig. 1974), Patria Press, Ages 8 to 12.