The Battles

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Each paperback in this series features a trio of fictional stories highlighting a moment in history, with content taken from our popular Tales of Young Americans picture-book series. The Battles contains three stories focusing on key American battles: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The Scarlet Stockings Spy is set during the Revolutionary War. In Philadelphia 1777, childhood games now become life-and-death actions for Maddy Rose and her Patriot soldier brother, as British spies are ...
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Overview

Each paperback in this series features a trio of fictional stories highlighting a moment in history, with content taken from our popular Tales of Young Americans picture-book series. The Battles contains three stories focusing on key American battles: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The Scarlet Stockings Spy is set during the Revolutionary War. In Philadelphia 1777, childhood games now become life-and-death actions for Maddy Rose and her Patriot soldier brother, as British spies are everywhere. In The Town that Fooled the British, the War of 1812 comes to life when the British target St. Michaels, Maryland, in their campaign to defeat America. But a young boy's quick thinking helps the town escape destruction. The Last Brother is set on the battlefields of Gettysburg where Gabe, a Union Army bugler, meets and befriends Orlee, a young Confederate bugler. Now, with the battle looming ahead of him, Gabe is conflicted about what to do.
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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
American history is laced with the amazing stories of the men, women, and children whose daily lives make of the fabric of that saga. In this little book, three stories written by two authors are presented to tell anecdotal pieces of the military history of the United States. In "The Scarlet Stocking Spy," young Maddy lives in Philadelphia during the American Revolution. She and her brother play childhood games which expand into actual spying on the British foes. These "games" become quite real and exact a cost Maddy could never have dreamed of. In "The Town that Fooled the British," the quick thinking of one lad, Henry, helps save both his father and his home town of St. Michaels, Maryland from destruction at the hands of the British Navy during the War of 1812. Finally, in "The Last Brother," Gabe, a Union Army bugler from Pennsylvania discovers during the Battle of Gettysburg that the Civil War is far more complex then he thought when he and his brother enlisted. Told with passion and an eye for historical detail, this trio of tales will serve its readers well. History can be told in an arid, fact-filled way, or as the story of people's individual and collective lives. These short stories reflect the later approach and leave behind not only facts and figures but also the emotional resonance that history truly contains. In addition, the colorful illustrations of Robert Papp are both lovely and supportive of the narrative in ways that deepen the reader's experience. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585368617
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: American Adventures
  • Pages: 87
  • Sales rank: 436,839
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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