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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery [NOOK Book]

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Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery

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Overview


Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold is the winner of the 2011 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.

Winner of the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

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Editorial Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Best of 2010 

School Library Journal, Best Children’s Books of 2010

"Sheinkin sees Arnold as America's 'original action hero' and succeeds in writing a brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel…The author's obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find." —STARRED, Kirkus Reviews

 

"American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason… The Notorious Benedict Arnold is likely to make readers want to learn more about the American Revolution and its players, great and small."—STARRED, School Library Journal

 

"Several complex political, social, and military themes emerge, one of the most prominent being that within the Continental army, often simplistically depicted as single-minded patriots, beat hearts scheming with political machinations that are completely familiar today…Arnold's inexorable clash with Gates and his decision to turn traitor both chill and compel." — STARRED, Horn Book Magazine

"History junkies are in for a treat when they pick up this lively, highly readable biography of the U.S.' most vilified traitor…A worthy addition to all libraries."Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429951357
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 65,942
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • File size: 609 KB

Meet the Author


Steve Sheinkin  is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as theYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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Clearing in the Woods

October 2, 1780

It was a beautiful place to die. The sky above the woods glowed blue, and the leaves on the trees were a riot of fall colors: sunshine yellow, campfire orange, blood red.

In a grassy clearing, a small group of American soldiers quickly built a gallows. It was a simple structure, made of two tall, forked logs stuck into the ground, with a third log laid horizontally between the forks. The soldiers tied one end of a rope to the middle of the horizontal log, letting the other end hang down. There was no platform to stand on, no trapdoor to fall through—the prisoner would have to climb onto a wagon with the rope looped around his throat. Horses would jerk the wagon forward, and he would tumble off the back. The force of his falling weight should be enough to snap a man’s neck.

As the soldiers worked, a crowd began to gather. Officers rode up and sat still on their horses. Soldiers and citizens from nearby towns gradually filled the clearing. By late afternoon, hundreds of people surrounded the gallows, and thousands lined the road leading to it. It was a somber crowd. People spoke in whispers, if at all.

Shortly before five o’clock, a wagon carrying a plain, pine coffin rattled along the road and into the clearing. The driver stopped his horses just beyond the gallows, with the wagon lined up under the dangling rope. The ghoulish figure of a hangman appeared, his face sloppily smeared with black axle grease to disguise his identity. He stood by the wagon and waited.

A few minutes after five, the distant sounds of a fife and drum band reached the clearing. The music grew louder, and the crowd recognized the tune—a funeral march. Soon the players came into view, stepping slowly and heavily in time with the music.

Behind the band marched the prisoner. He wore a spotless officer’s uniform, his long hair pulled back and tied neatly behind his neck. When he reached the clearing he saw the gallows and stopped. The color drained from his skin. He swallowed, making a visibly painful effort to force the saliva down his throat. Then he began marching again, walking steadily toward his death.

But this is the end of the story. The story begins thirty-nine years earlier and 125 miles to the east, in the busy port town of Norwich, Connecticut. The story begins with Benedict Arnold.

THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD Copyright © 2010 by Steve Sheinkin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    WORTH BUYING!

    I'm not even finished with this book and I love it! The chapters are a perfect amount of pages, and the words and letters are a good size to be readable.

    Normally in a biography it'd tell you the main events with little detail. This one however puts you in Arnold's shoes with great detail. Worth buying.

    Note: This is NOT the eBook review. This is the paperback edition.

    Thank you for reading this review and consider my opinion before buying.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Great

    Best history book I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    AMAZING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Mr. Me

    This book was very good with all its twits and all but all in all.i loved this book

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    Posted April 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    BORING

    I had to read this for a book club and i didnt even read it. I kept on hitting the next page button until i got to the end if the book. I wouldnt read this unless you want to fall asleep. I dont think it was that great but thats just my opinion.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    BORING, TERRIBLE, OVERALL THE WORST

    Unless you would like to take a nap, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR.

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    Posted January 13, 2014

    This book is really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Great book!

    Interesting, full of detail and depth. It is a bit dull at parts, but overall an interestibg read.

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