George Washington's Spy (George Washington Series)

George Washington's Spy (George Washington Series)

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by Elvira Woodruff
     
 

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When Katie and her twin cousins step into a mysterious rowboat, Matt and his three buddies run to their rescue. But they are too late--and soon the seven are swept back in time--to Boston in 1775. The British have occupied the city, and George Washington and his troops are planning an attack. While the boys are trying to find their way to the girls after being

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When Katie and her twin cousins step into a mysterious rowboat, Matt and his three buddies run to their rescue. But they are too late--and soon the seven are swept back in time--to Boston in 1775. The British have occupied the city, and George Washington and his troops are planning an attack. While the boys are trying to find their way to the girls after being separated, the boys become entangled with patriot spies.

Meanwhile, the girls have been taken in by the wealthy Hewson family, whom they soon discover are "redcoats"! Now, on opposite sides of the war, (cont'd.)

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they are confronted firsthand with realities that tore friends and families apart during the American Revolution.

Here is another delightful, action-packed page-turner by Elvira Woodruff.

Kids around the country have been begging the author to write this book for years.

Author's Awards:

*Carolyn Field Book Award; The Florida Sunshine State Award; Children's Crown Classic Christian School Award; The Black-Eyed Susan Award; Maude Harte Lovelace Award; the Arkansas Charlie May Award; IRA Teachers' Choice; CCBC Choice; NCSS Notable; Child Magazine "Best Children's Book" recipient; Disney Adventure Book Award; Junior Library Guild Selection; Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Ten-year-old Matt Carlton and his three best friends have been studying the Revolutionary War in history class and have completed individual reports about life in colonial America. Their teacher then assigns the class a project to research more about the Loyalist side of the conflict. Matt and his friends, who recently formed an Adventure Club, had had a previous adventure via time travel to the real Revolution. One evening, they entered a row boat near Matt's home and it spun them into another era. This story is a follow-up to those time travel experiences. While contemplating their new history assignment one evening, they learn that Matt's younger sister, Katie and her two baby sitters have wondered into that magic and forbidden rowboat only to be transported themselves to the Boston of 1776 during the English occupation of the city. The boys feel they must follow to rescue the girls. The remainder of the book is the adventures that both the girls and the boys have during that time travel period. Matt becomes a spy for the Patriots while the girls live with a family of Loyalists. The emotions on both sides of the conflict teach the reader a great deal about the rights and wrongs of any war, no matter what side you are on. The action is exciting and the descriptions of colonial life during this time period will be meaningful to young readers. It's funny, too, as the characters deal with the differences in lifestyles between contemporary and colonial America. A short discussion on historical aspects of this period of time by the author, a glossary of terms used in the story and a bibliography are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—In this sequel to George Washington's Socks (Scholastic, 1991), the members of the Adventure Club are again transported by rowboat back in time to the American Revolution where 10-year-old Matt and the other boys get caught up in a Patriot spy ring while his younger sister and her friends are rescued by a Loyalist family. The boys are immediately sympathetic to the Patriot cause and agree to help deliver a message concerning the Battle of Dorchester, which they also happen to be learning about in school at the beginning of the story. The girls, on the other hand, are horrified to be staying with "the enemy," but who is right and who is wrong becomes more complex as the story unfolds. The kids witness the Patriots doing terrible things to the Loyalists and realize that the Torys have reasons for staying loyal to England. Woodruff does an excellent job of conveying the complexities of war, particularly one that pits family against family in a very real way. This is a great introduction to the Revolutionary period, brought to life with historical figures and conflicts through the eyes of today's kids. It also effectively humanizes those who were loyal to England. Alternating between the two sides, the story is fast paced, exciting, and informative.—Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City
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"Fast paced, exciting, and informative."—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"The action is exciting and the descriptions of colonial life during this time period will be meaningful to young readers. It’s funny, too, as the characters deal with the differences in lifestyles between contemporary and colonial America."—CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545104876
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
Elvira Woodruff's George Washington Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,348,066
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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