George Washington's Spy [NOOK Book]

Overview

This historic time-travel fantasy is a riveting sequel to a bestselling classic. Ten-year-old Matt Carlton and six friends are accidentally swept back in time--to Boston in 1776! The British now occupy the city, and redcoat guards are everywhere! While the boys are being held captive by a den of Patriot spies, the girls have been taken in by a wealthy Tory family. The pox is rampant; danger lies around every corner--and there's no hope for returning home to their own time. How will these seven children survive? ...
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Overview

This historic time-travel fantasy is a riveting sequel to a bestselling classic. Ten-year-old Matt Carlton and six friends are accidentally swept back in time--to Boston in 1776! The British now occupy the city, and redcoat guards are everywhere! While the boys are being held captive by a den of Patriot spies, the girls have been taken in by a wealthy Tory family. The pox is rampant; danger lies around every corner--and there's no hope for returning home to their own time. How will these seven children survive? Readers will relish the nonstop action and humorous dialogue in this riveting sequel to Woodruff's bestselling novel, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545415163
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 167,532
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 1,017 KB

Meet the Author

The bestselling author of GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS and THE RAVENMASTER'S SECRET, Woodruff has written more than twenty books for children, including picture books, historical fiction, and lighthearted fantasy. Her numerous school visits each year are popular with kids and teachers. The sequel to GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPY, will be published in November 2010. She lives with her family in Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

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    You should read george washigtons socks before this book and elvera woodruff made the book so that i felt like i was in it

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    Posted October 3, 2012

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    Posted May 28, 2013

    read george washintons socks sooo hood cant wait to read this!!!

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