Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington

Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington


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Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant, Joe Rossi

Ariel Bradley is Washington’s boy spy who pretends to be a country bumpkin (a
“Johnny Raw”). He ‘stumbles’ into General Howe’s camp “looking for the mill” his
father has sent him in search of. In reality, he is assessing the strength and numbers
of the British and their Hessian (German) allies. After he is sent on his way by the
unsuspecting English, he reports this to General Washington and his staff. This
information proves key in what became known as the Battle of White Plains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983290490
Publisher: VanitaBooks LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Lynda Durrant has published seven award-winning historic fiction novels. Her
local historical society published a novel about the first family to live in her 1850
farmhouse. This is her first picture book.

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Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Bellasgram1217 14 days ago
This is a true story based on the story of Ariel Bradley. Ariel was nine years old and his brothers who were fighting in the war asked him on behalf of General Washington to act the country bumpkin. This was to get information from the British on soldiers, food, and horses. Ariel and his old horse Salt who proved just as brave, played the part perfectly. Ariel reported his findings to General Washington and it helped to win the war. I found this a great book with interesting facts. I did not know some of the details in the story. The illustrations are done very well and compliments the book. I liked the fact the author included a glossery in the back as well as what happened to Ariel afterwards. I recommend this book for ages 7+. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant is based on a true story and a terrific one at that! A nine year old boy is asked to spy for George Washington, which he does and helps win the battle due to the intel he collects. A great story showing that size and age doesn't matter. A story of courage and heroism. Thanks NetGalley for letting me read this great book.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
This is a short book that serves to introduce children to a little-known spy for George Washington. It is a rather short volume, but it features many color illustrations. The style of illustration is not my favorite, but they are well done. The story is told simply so that young readers will have no trouble reading this tale on their own, and a glossary in the back provides definitions for some potential problem words.  I wish the book were longer, but all in all I still recommend it. 3.5 stars. I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
My little boy really enjoyed story time with this book. We have read it more then once together.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant is a great history book for children.  It is a true story about a nine year old boy  who was a spy for George Washington.  He pretended to be a "country bumpkin".  Because of that he was able to go behind enemy lines  and find out how many men and weapons there were.  It shows the bravery a child had during the Revolutionary War.  It's a great read for children and YA.  l recommend it to all.
goode2shews_74 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Ariel Bradley, a 9-year-old boy, who served as a spy for General Washington during the Revolutionary War in 1776.  He pretended to be a country bumpkin, or a "Johnny Raw" in 18th century terminology, and rode into enemy territory, pretending to be lost and in desperate need of directions, reporting back to Washington about how many soldiers and how much equipment the enemy had.  This helped Americans to win the Battle of the White Plains in New York State in 1776. It's a beautiful story that demonstrates how a child can be brave and helpful for a cause he holds dear.  I enjoyed the story very much, and the artwork was magnificent!  Who knows?  We might all be in a very different country if it weren't for this child's courage and determination.  This book makes a great history lesson for children, fun and easy to read. I received a digital version of this book free from Net Galley for the purpose of reviewing.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
Formatting: In the e-copy I had, the formatting was off, causing the pictures to break across pages and words to break across lines. In addition, there were a couple of places where words were missing and other places were sentences were jumbled together so that part of one sentence was actually inside another sentence. At the end of one chapter, half of a sentence was just missing. The formatting problems made it so that it was extremely difficult to get into the story. Story: I liked the concept of this book as I enjoy stories about people in history who made a difference, but are basically unknown to the rest of society.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This story is based on the real events that happened to nine year old Ariel Bradley. Ariel is asked by his brothers to help out George Washington. He is to take his horse, Salt and wonder into the enemy camp to see how many soldiers, guns and supplies they have. Ariel is to play a "Johnny Raw" to get into the camp. Pretending to look for a mill to grind some corn, Ariel is able to enter the camps and get the needed information. He returns to George Washington with the information and this leads to an American win at the Battle of White Plains. I will definitely be using this book when I teach the American Revolution this year. My students will be able to see the war through the eyes of a child and I think that will give them a different perspective on it. The illustrations are beautifully done by Joe Rossi and make the story come to life. A definite must buy if you teach the American Revolution!
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting little story. It's a neat way for kids to relate to American freedom and see that even young children can make a big difference. I only wish that the author had included how Ariel's information helped the Americans win the battle. That info is in the notes, but not in the story itself. The illustrations are fantastic. Bright and colorful, Jo Rossi's artwork is full of life and personality.