Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

by Jean Fritz


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The perfect chapter book biography for young fans of the Hamilton musical!

Most people know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, and that his face is on the ten dollar bill. But he was much more than that! 

Born in the West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an immigrant, an outsider. He fought in the American Revolution and became George Washington's most valuable aide-de-camp. As one of America's Founding Fathers, he was there for the writing of the Constitution and became the first Secretary of the Treasury. Jean Fritz's award-winning talent for bringing history to life shines as she shares the true story of Alexander Hamilton, a man of action who was honorable, ambitious, and fiercely loyal to his adopted country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142419861
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/19/2012
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 58,986
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an eighth grade Language Arts and American History teacher, and I loved this book. It is a good, interesting, smooth read for that age group. It is not just a biography. but a great overview of the founding of this country that makes the reader feel he/she knows Hamilton and is interacting with Washington, Jefferson, Madison, etc. This really gives readers an understanding of not only events, but the emotions people are going through during this turbulent time. All of Fritz's books are well written and likeable ("Homesick" is a must read), but this is a terrific new addition to her works. I recommend it to middle school readers and up. Even adults will be pulled into this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a student, I found Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider, as informative, engaging, and of a perfect length of about 130 pages. This book covered the life of Alexander Hamilton, as indicated by the title, and sections of the Revolutionary War that were pertinent to Hamilton’s life (e.g. the point of the Revolutionary War at which the British surrendered to the Continental army.) This book was well organized in that it was divided into 3 different sections based upon three different periods of Hamilton’s life. I believe this book may be easy to read for visual learners because there is a substantial amount of pictures, though I myself am not a visual learner. Overall, this book is a great read and, despite its length, is packed with information and I would suggest it to someone with little background information about the topic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago