Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold [NOOK Book]

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Benedict Arnold always carried things too far. As a boy he did crazy things like climbing atop a burning roof and picking a fight with the town constable. As a soldier, he was even more reckless. He was obsessed with being the leader and ...
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Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

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Overview

Benedict Arnold always carried things too far. As a boy he did crazy things like climbing atop a burning roof and picking a fight with the town constable. As a soldier, he was even more reckless. He was obsessed with being the leader and the hero in every battle, and he never wanted to surrender. He even killed his own horse once rather than give it to the enemy.



Where did the extremism lead Arnold? To treason.



America's most notorious traitor is brought to life as Jean Fritz relays the engrossing story of Benedict Arnold -- a man whose pride, ambition, and self-righteousness drove him to commit the heinous crime of treason against the United States during the American Revolution.



“A highly entertaining biography illuminating the personality of a complex man.” —Horn Book

“A gripping story. . . As compelling as a thriller, the book also shines as history.” —Publishers Weekly



An ALA Notable Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

An ABA Pick of the Lists

A Horn Book Fanfare Title

A study of the life and character of the brilliant Revolutionary War general who deserted to the British for money.

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"Fritz gives excellent coverage of the confusion and individualism of the American colonies and the Revolutionary War effort.... This book could engender an understanding of the colonial period and, as shown by Arnold's life, the many considerations that affect adult decision-making". — School Library Journal, starred review

"A highly entertaining biography". — Horn Book

"Fritz has made another lively, readable life story." —Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping story. . . As compelling as a thriller, the book also shines as history.” —Publishers Weekly

An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An ABA Pick of the Lists
A Horn Book Fanfare Title

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101078204
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/19/1997
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 580,454
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 518 KB

Meet the Author


"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."


In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.



An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.



copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.



 



 




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    Great

    I had to read a jean fritz book for my lit class. I don't like biographies so I thought it would be boring but its actually a really good book. And I'm 11.

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