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Children's LiteratureAuthor Wagner has written an informational book, part of the "Leaders of the American Revolution" series. This biography traces the life of Paul Revere, beginning with the Revolutionary War's historical event of his ride and the warning that the British troops were coming. The first chapter captures this event when on April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode to villages throughout the night with his warning. Revere had also traveled to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia with messages to inform the colonies of other British events. Although Revere was mostly known for his midnight ride, he was also a gifted craftsman, silversmith and engraver, a fighter in the French and Indian War, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Revolutionary war. Revere used his art for political protests. One of his engravings showed the Boston Massacre of March 1770. After the war Revere opened a new silversmith shop in Boston. He also learned to cast bells. He and his son cast close to four hundred bells for churches throughout New England. Revere's personal life consisted of two marriages and sixteen children, eleven of whom lived to adulthood. At the time of his death in 1818 at the age of 83, he had fifty grandchildren. Paul Revere is remembered as a man who helped America win her independence from the Great Britain. Illustrations and back matter material are included. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 10 up.
—Della A. Yannuzzi