John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot (Sterling Point Books Series)

John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot (Sterling Point Books Series)

by Armstrong Sperry
     
 

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Newbery Medal winner Armstrong Sperry has such an affinity for life on the high seas that his readers will imagine themselves right beside the bold John Paul Jones, luring enemy craft into danger and engaging them in close combat. Jones, a talented young captain, became an invaluable figure in America’s fight for independence when he offered his sailing skills

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Newbery Medal winner Armstrong Sperry has such an affinity for life on the high seas that his readers will imagine themselves right beside the bold John Paul Jones, luring enemy craft into danger and engaging them in close combat. Jones, a talented young captain, became an invaluable figure in America’s fight for independence when he offered his sailing skills to the Continental Navy. In his barely seaworthy vessel, the Bonhomme Richard, he harassed British ships and commandeered their cargo, including desperately needed ammunition and uniforms. Sperry paints a vital portrait of this true American hero.

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Children's Literature - Mildred Hart
What's in a name? The wondrous difference of the picture conjured up by "John Paul Jones" as opposed to simply "John Jones" is pointed out as the many facets of the man are revealed. The endpaper maps, with crossed swords labeled "Captures HMS Union", "Captures HMS Fortune", and "Captures HMS Mayflower," alert the reader that this is a story of adventure and action. The area of the maps discloses the vast scope of Jones' action at sea. From the North Sea to the Bay of Biscay, the Bonhomme Richard under Jones' command wreaked havoc on opposing ship after ship of the English Navy. Whether the most famous phrase credited to Jones, "I have just begun to fight," is legend or fact becomes insignificant in the canvas of adventure and courage that is painted by Sperry's words. Certainly, the author implies, the words could have been said and been true to the character of the man. Born the son of a Scottish gardener, young John Paul was already a qualified officer on an English ship by the time he was nineteen. His career was derailed when an unjust charge of murder was brought against him and he was forced to flee to the new colonies in America. There, his skill and experience were enlisted in the fight for independence from England. From the "Quest Books" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402736155
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Sterling Point Books Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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