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Nathan Hale: Revolutionary Spy

Nathan Hale: Revolutionary Spy

by Nathan Olson, Cynthia Martin (Illustrator), Brent Schoonover (Illustrator)

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A biography telling the life story of Revolutionary War hero and spy Nathan Hale. Written in graphic-novel format.


A biography telling the life story of Revolutionary War hero and spy Nathan Hale. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature
This slight biography of Nathan Hale is designed to look like a graphic novel, and indeed it may draw in readers reluctant to read their history in other forms. More sophisticated readers or researchers, though, may find this brief treatment of Hale's life somewhat lacking. Divided into four chapters denoting Hale's early education, his service in the Continental Army, his failed spy mission, and his legacy as a war hero, the biography rarely delves beyond the surface story. The combination of the comic book format with historical context means that much information is relayed via dialogue balloons, but that dialogue is often stilted or phony because it is meant solely to convey facts. The comic illustrations themselves are drawn boldly with some emotion but without much detail. Their colors and full-page layout, though, make the design feel dynamic. A very brief glossary, bibliography, and index are included. This title is one of the "Graphic Biographies" series. 2006, Capstone, Ages 8 to 12.
—Norah Piehl

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic Biographies Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

Brent Schoonover has worked as a freelance illustrator since graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002. He has illustrated for companies such as General Mills, Best Buy, Target, and Continental Airlines. He has also worked on several graphic novels, including Horrorwood, published by Ape Entertainment in 2006, and several books by Capstone Press. Schoonover currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, two cats, and one bulldog.

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