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Nate Donovan: Revolutionary Spy

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In 1777, during the War for Independence, Nate Donovan is the younger brother in an Irish Quaker family in British-occupied Philadelphia. He is too young to join the Continental Army that is fighting for America’s freedom, but when the war comes through the Donovan’s front door, Nate becomes the youngest member of General George Washington’s spy network. Dangerous? If Nate and his Indian friend, Running Fox, are caught as spies the penalty is death by hanging.

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Overview


 

In 1777, during the War for Independence, Nate Donovan is the younger brother in an Irish Quaker family in British-occupied Philadelphia. He is too young to join the Continental Army that is fighting for America’s freedom, but when the war comes through the Donovan’s front door, Nate becomes the youngest member of General George Washington’s spy network. Dangerous? If Nate and his Indian friend, Running Fox, are caught as spies the penalty is death by hanging.

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"Marc Cashman’s easy-to-listen-to voice enlivens the latest in the Crimson Cross series. The series follows a silver and ruby relic of the Holy Land, which was originally given to Christopher Columbus and is ritually passed on to a young person for his/her heroic contribution to American history. Fifteen-year-old Nate Donovan, whose Quaker family’s home is being used by the British Army occupying Philadelphia, participates in dangerous missions as a spy for George Washington and is given the Crimson Cross. Cashman voices the large cast of characters with ease. Nate, in particular, sounds authentic and youthful. Narrating at an unhurried tempo, Cashman sets each scene and draws the listener into Nate’s world. Endnotes provide information on the historical aspects of the story." 
C.R.A. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Nate Donovan lives with his Irish Quaker family in British-occupied Philadelphia during the War for Independence. His father has strong Quaker beliefs, is against killing and lying, and doesn't want his children to join the war. Charles, Nate's older brother, announces he is enlisting in the Continental Army. When the British occupy the Donovan home, Nate must take his younger twin siblings to stay with their Aunt who runs a tavern. There Nate discovers the tavern is used as a meeting place for patriot spy missions and is invited to become a member of the network established by General George Washington. Running Fox, a local Indian, teaches Nate how to spy. If caught, the boy could face death by hanging. Marc Cashman uses his voice effectively to make each character come to life in this historical fiction title (B&H Pub., 2007) by Peter Marshall, David Manuel, and Sheldon Maxwell. His voicing of Running Fox's choppy English and the British and Irish accents of the numerous generals, captains, and colonels is spot-on. The conclusion provides an historical note that offers additional information about the people, places, and events of the War. A good selection for family listening and for generating discussion about history and faith.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609811877
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Crimson Cross Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library Unabridged, Library Edition
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Peter Marshall was a Presbyterian evangelist and teacher. David Manuel is a prolific writer whose works include the Faith Abbey Mystery series. Sheldon Maxwell specializes in writing books for children and teenagers. Marshall and Manuel co-authored best-selling American history classics The Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet.

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