Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution [NOOK Book]

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Seymour Reit re-creates the true story of Will Knox, a nineteen-year-old boy who undertook the daring and dangerous task of transporting 183 cannons from New York’s Fort Ticonderoga to Boston—in the dead of winter—to help George Washington win an important battle.

In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 ...

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Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution

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Overview

Seymour Reit re-creates the true story of Will Knox, a nineteen-year-old boy who undertook the daring and dangerous task of transporting 183 cannons from New York’s Fort Ticonderoga to Boston—in the dead of winter—to help George Washington win an important battle.

In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness, to defend the besieged city.

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The importance and usefulness of the historical fiction genre shines in this well-written, accurate account of a turning point in the American Revolution. Not many children are aware of the strife and courage that took place to keep our young country in this war against the British. This story is based upon the events that helped save Boston and gave the strength and will for General Washington and his troops to carry on. The Knox brothers were like many others in the army, becoming cold and frustrated with the lack of action in the standstill war. Both sides were short on supplies and a waiting game developed about who would resupply and strike first. Will Knox devised a seemingly impossible plan to leave Boston for Fort Ticonderoga, NY to bring back 183 cannons to fight the British. The plan was approved, and so began the epic struggle to transport the weapons across 300 miles of mountainous rugged terrain in the middle of winter. They were not only fighting the elements of winter, no roads and the unforgiving terrain, but also needed to get back to Boston before the British troops resupplied and took over their stronghold. Amazingly, the team made it and was able to save their country in time. The combination of pride and unlimited determination in the fight to create our country makes this a wonderful addition for students of this time period. A map of the route is included in the front of the book. 2001, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, $6.00. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer:Melissa A. Caudill
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“A fast paced, well-told adventure story...Authentic...Satisfying.”—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547540153
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: Great Episodes
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 580,611
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 571 KB

Meet the Author

SEYMOUR REIT is the author of more than eighty books for young readers. An experienced animated cartoonist, he is also the creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Mr. Reit lives in New York City.
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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I purchased this book for my grandson and decided to read for myself. This was very enjoyable, informative and kept my interesting. A great tool to teach the younger ones about the sacrifices made by our ancestors fighting for the cause of liberty and freedom. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    great way to learn history

    It is the winter of 1775-1776, and nineteen-year-old Will Knox is bored with life in General George Washington's Continental army. Because of the weather, the fighting between the Patriots, encamped at Cambridge, MA, and General Howe's redcoats, ensconced in Boston, is at a standstill. And worse yet, the Americans have no artillery with which to attack the British or defend themselves. However, Will has an older brother, Col. Henry Knox, who conceives a daring plan to move 183 cannons from Ft. Ticonderoga, which had been captured from the British by Ethan Allen and Gen. Benedict Arnold, in upper New York, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness to defend the beseiged city of Boston, all the while General Howe is gathering reinforcements and rumors of a British offensive abound. Of course, all of Washington's other officers think that the plan is ridiculous. Will it work, and will they make it in time? This marvellous and exciting book by Seymour Reit, author of the monumental Guns Along the Mohawk and creator of Caspar the Friendly Ghost, provides a slightly fictionalized narrative of a true story which relies heavily on first person accounts. The events chronicled in the book led to the battle of Dorchester Heights, one of the early Colonial victories in the American War for Independence. This is the way to learn history! Anyone who is studying the American Revolution or just interested in the subject ought to read this book, which is part of the "Great Episodes Series." The word "Lord" is used once or twice as an interjection, but otherwise there is little objectionable.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    This Book

    This is the most boring un interesting awful book I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

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    This book is the most boring, hard to understand book EVER!!! It might have been better if I actually got the consept of it! It is like I read the words but could not process them in my head. Please Don't read this if you want books that make sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    Fantastic Book

    I thought this short book had a big impact in the American revolution to me it had given me a head start about the American revolution.It showed me how people of 1775 handled the big hectic problem in the American revolution.

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