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One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales)
     

One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales)

by Nathan Hale
 

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Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest,

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Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format.
One Dead Spy tackles the story of Hale himself, who was an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War. Author Hale highlights the unusual, gruesome, and just plain unbelievable truth of historical Nathan Hale—from his early unlucky days at Yale to his later unlucky days as an officer—and America during the Revolutionary War.

Praise for Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy
"An innovative approach to history that will have young people reading with pleasure."
Kirkus Reviews

"Readers interested in American history will enjoy these graphic novels... Comic panels of varying sizes enhance the real-life events and support the stories’ over-the-top humor... the writing is accessible and entertaining; author Hale’s style gives readers an insider-y, you-are-there-type scoop."
Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This is one in a series of books whose aim is to popularize American history and make it more accessible to young readers. In this book, Nathan Hale, the author, tells the story of Nathan Hale, the American Revolutionary War spy, who was caught and reportedly hanged by the British. The story begins on the day that Hale is about to be hanged; however, our hero is magically transported, via a giant history book, to the future, and then back to the past (or his present), where he tells his story to his two executioners. This is an irreverent, humorous look at history using modern dialect and sarcasm, in the style of the National Treasure movies. It also owes something to the One Thousand and One Nights literary convention, in that Hale is able to postpone his hanging by telling stories of the Revolution to his executioners. The trouble is that this graphic novel is so busy, with so many characters flowing in and out, that the coherent, gripping story of Nathan Hale himself often seems to take a back seat. More emphasis on Hale’s own personal story, and perhaps a single focus on one literary style rather than two, might have made for a more readable book. The illustrations are done in shades of black, white, and mauve; both the panels and the font are small. At the end of the book are some notes on the Revolutionary War hero, and some notes from the author, which are actually very funny and should not be missed. Reviewer: Leona Illig; Ages 7 to 12.
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
According to this version of history, just before Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale was hanged for spying on the British, a giant American history book swallowed him up and filled him with hundreds of years of future American history. What follows is his narration of historical events for an audience of a foolish hangman and an absent-minded prison guard who promise to delay his hanging as long as he has stories to tell. Told in graphic novel format, these two books allow for a whole series of stories based on great moments in American History. While the first book, One Dead Spy, is about how Nathan Hale finds himself accused of spying and on the gallows (and uttering his famous last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."), the second book in the series jumps ahead to the 1800s. In the second story, Big Bad Ironclad, Hale regales the hangman and the prison guard with a tale about ironclad war ships and the Civil War. Albeit a fantasy premise, Hale's hazardous tales are based in fact. The Nathan Hale character tells the stories straight, while the silly hangman and prison guard comment and ask questions adding a lighthearted quality. The self-aware qualities of the book are sure to secure an audience. The way the graphic novel format invigorates American history will appeal to a variety of readers, even those not already committed to graphic novel storytelling. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale) Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
Kirkus Reviews
Nathan Hale, the famous spy of the American Revolution, tells his own story in this graphic-novel treatment of history. The conceit of author Hale's new series of Hazardous Tales is that his narrator has been swallowed by a big book of history prior to being hanged and thus knows the future of the country he helped bring into being. It's a Scheherazade sort of premise, as Hale, convicted of espionage, forestalls death by telling stories from American history. In this volume, he's helped by the hangman in telling the story of the early days of the revolution. He takes readers from his college days at Yale to the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, his joining the 7th Connecticut regiment, the Battle of Bunker Hill and other pivotal scenes in New England and New York City, where Hale works as an "intelligence officer" following the movements of the British troops to help General Washington develop his war strategies. Hale is caught and to be hanged…but not before he has, in this series, tales to tell. As in Big Bad Ironclad, which publishes simultaneously, the backmatter presents biographical sketches of the major players, further commentary on the execution of Nathan Hale, and even a mini-comic on Crispus Attucks of Boston Massacre fame. An innovative approach to history that will have young people reading with pleasure. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613123720
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
630,646
File size:
53 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nathan Hale is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, which was an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens and earned three starred reviews. He is also the illustrator of several picture books. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two children.

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