War Comes to Willy Freeman

War Comes to Willy Freeman

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by James Lincoln Collier
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's horrific death at the hands of the Redcoats, then returns home to find that her mother has disappeared, perhaps taken by the British as prisoner. Willy, disguised as a boy, begins her long and dangerous search for her mother and luckily finds a haven at the famous Fraunces Tavern

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Thirteen-year-old Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's horrific death at the hands of the Redcoats, then returns home to find that her mother has disappeared, perhaps taken by the British as prisoner. Willy, disguised as a boy, begins her long and dangerous search for her mother and luckily finds a haven at the famous Fraunces Tavern in New York City. But even with the help of Sam Fraunces and her fellow worker, Horace, Willy knows that to be black, female, and free leaves her open to danger at every turn. What will tomorrow bring? Will she ever reunite with her mother?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A suspenseful historical novel about a young black woman's fight against racism. Ages 812. (February)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620641996
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
686,552
File size:
600 KB

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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War Comes to Willy Freeman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times... repost on three different books... and look under your pillow
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Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is inappropriate for the age group recommended 9-12 due to the authors choice of derogatory language and depicted scenes of sexual assualt of Willy the main character of the story. The authors chose to use the "N-word" which is not acceptable today. The story told of a woman in canvas town where there were drunkards and prostitutes as beaten and buised, and referred to twice as a "slut". Willy the main character was sexually assaulted on two occassion in the book being attacked and having her breasts grabbed by soldiers. It was disturbing that this book was assigned reading in my sons 5th grade class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so one of the comments for this book say the use of the n-word is inappropriate. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but mine is this, children would use that word in their everyday lives so why shouldn't kids today realize that our country did something as horrific as this? Why shouldn't they read about things that really, truly happened, that kids their age said themselves. They have a right to know this happened, and language like this was used frequently. Other than that this is a good book.
triplet_mom More than 1 year ago
When it comes to excellent historical fiction for young readers you cannot beat James Lincoln and Christopher Collier. They are also the authors of My Brother Sam is Dead. War Comes to Willy Freeman is the first in a series of three books where Willy is the central character. This books starts towards the end of the Revolutionary War in the North. It accurately describes around an intriging plot the conditions that slaves in the North lived under including the attitudes and slave/master relationships they endured. Though Willy is a girl, my 10 year old triplet boys read, enjoyed and even recommended the both to their teacher for their class to read as part of their 5th Grade Social Studies curriculum. It's a great book which children will enjoy while learning about Blacks during the Revolutionary War period.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book sssssooooooooo much it is really good.In the beggining it is boring but through out the book it get really good. I would reccomend this book to 5,6,7,and 8 graders because of the cursing and language they use.This book is really good for people who enjoy learning about the revolutionary war.So go buy it, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best in the whole history of books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone over ten. You should read it before Jump Ship to Freedom so you cam understand the story better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 5th grade. I'm in 10th grade now and I remember it almost completely. It is such an awesome book and if I stumble upon it in the future, I will definitely read it again. It's exciting and suspenseful and highly recommended :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It is full of adventure. I would recomond to anyone who likes storie about war or wants to have a great adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is very good. I had to read it for a history project and I thought it was going to be really boring. I enjoyed it because James and Christopher Collier made it sound like you were there. I recomend this book if you want to learn about the Revolutionary War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think these authors have a very nice style. I was touched by this book because the authors made the characters come to life. I felt as if I were riding an emotional rollercoaster while I read about Pa dying in the Revolutionary War, Horace and Willy's friendship, Ma developing the fever and dying. This book touched me like no other. I would recommend this book to anyone who is imaginative and creative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS THE STUPIDEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was different. It was a little easy to read, and the characters were developed poorly but I still liked it. It is hard to write on that time period, but i think the author did a great good. It is also a old book so I would reccomend it to kids in the 5th grade. Those are some of the reasons I gave it 3 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am outraged and appalled that a book for children would contain 20 instances of the N-word. Teachers and parents, please choose another book about the Revolutionary War.