Children's LiteratureThe Spanish text and illustrations draw you into the suspense as Johnny Mickley helps save the Liberty Bell from the British soldiers. This book is a fictional retelling of an historical event. The epilogue explains what happened and how the author imagined Johnny's role in this event. Kevin Lepp's pictures are more like photographs zoomed in on Johnny and his father. The action continues throughout this story without any chapter breaks. Even though it is historical fiction, it explains that Johnny's father and Frederick Leaser moved the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia. They volunteered to keep it safe so that it would not be melted down by the British and used to make weapons. Since the main character is an eleven-year-old boy, students will be drawn into the story. This book can be used as a supplement to the reading curriculum to teach about historical fiction. It is also a good starting point for research projects, as students will want to find out more about Johnny, his father, and the Liberty Bell. 2006, Carolrhoda Books/ediciones Lerner, Ages 6 to 9.