I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived, #15)
British soldiers were everywhere. There was no escape.Nathaniel Fox never imagined he'd find himself in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, fighting for his life. He was only eleven years old! He'd barely paid attention to the troubles between America and England. How could he, while being worked to the bone by his cruel uncle, Uriah Storch?But when his uncle's rage forces him to flee the only home he knows, Nate is suddenly propelled toward a thrilling and dangerous journey into the heart of the Revolutionary War. He finds himself in New York City on the brink of what will be the biggest battle yet.

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived, #15) Details

TitleI Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived, #15)
Author
ReleaseAug 29th, 2017
PublisherScholastic Paperbacks
ISBN-139780545919746
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure, War, Survival, Juvenile, Fiction, Chapter Books

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived, #15) Review

  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    This series is historical fiction for kids. Each book features a child's fictionalized eye-witness account of a disaster or major historical event. From ancient history like the destruction of Pompeii to more recent events like the Joplin, MO tornado, the series mixes fact with fiction to bring history alive for middle-grade kids. There are 17 books in the series so far. I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 is told from the perspective of 11-year old Nathaniel Knox from New York. Nathaniel r This series is historical fiction for kids. Each book features a child's fictionalized eye-witness account of a disaster or major historical event. From ancient history like the destruction of Pompeii to more recent events like the Joplin, MO tornado, the series mixes fact with fiction to bring history alive for middle-grade kids. There are 17 books in the series so far. I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 is told from the perspective of 11-year old Nathaniel Knox from New York. Nathaniel runs away from the home of his Uncle, taking the blame for an injury to his uncle that a slave's child caused by accident. Nathaniel intends to join the crew of a ship and go to sea. He ends up in the middle of a Revolutionary War battle instead. His struggle for survival amid the cannons and gunfire brings the Battle of Brooklyn alive!I really like this series. The mix of historical fact and a fictionalized story involving a child eye-witness really bring the events to life. The stories have a lot of action, so even reluctant readers will enjoy this series.I listened to the audio version of this story. Narrated by Holter Graham the book is about 2 hours long. Graham reads at a nice pace with good inflection. I have hearing loss, but was easily able to understand his narration. I Survived the American Revolution is the 15th book in this series. A new addition to the series, I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, will be published in September 2018.
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  • Meg McGregor
    January 1, 1970
    I was a Middle School Reading, History, and English teacher for almost 30 years! How did I not know about this series?Another reviewer, Phillip, recommended one of the books in the series, and I decided to get them all from my library! This is the first one I have read!I really enjoyed it! I love learning new things and Ms. Tarshis writes about the past so vividly, it is like she was actually there; you get the feeling that she is telling you about personal events!I can fully understand why stud I was a Middle School Reading, History, and English teacher for almost 30 years! How did I not know about this series?Another reviewer, Phillip, recommended one of the books in the series, and I decided to get them all from my library! This is the first one I have read!I really enjoyed it! I love learning new things and Ms. Tarshis writes about the past so vividly, it is like she was actually there; you get the feeling that she is telling you about personal events!I can fully understand why students would enjoy reading her books! I would certainly include them in any History or Reading class studying the period being discussed!This story centers around Nate, who is only 11 years old, who becomes a member of the colonial army. He is part of the Battle of Brooklyn; a battle I didn't even know existed! Ms.Tarshis stated that "Many of the biggest battles are not well known. The Battle of Brooklyn, (also known as the Battle of Long Island), was the largest in terms of the numbers of soldiers who fought on both sides."This story gave me lots to think about! If I was still a teacher I would focus on two key parts.The first is:"He'd (Nate) learned more abut the Declaration of Independence It said that all men were created equal. Why didn't that include people like Martin's wife, or those men digging trenches for George Washington, or for Eliza and Theo?Trying to answer that question was like looking for buried treasure without a map. Nate searched his mind for an answer, but he couldn't find it anywhere."After 200 and more years, we are still trying to make the part "where all men are created equal" a reality in our country! I just hope we never give up!The next point is of a lighter note! I had no idea that "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was actually a song made up by the British to humiliate the soldiers and to tease them in battle! "The Americans took the British insult -- and turned it into a battle song."You are never to old to learn something!I am off to read another book in the series!
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  • Mr. Gottshalk
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in about an hour and ten minutes today, and it was great! I really did not know a whole lot about the Battle of Brooklyn, in which Washington was badly out-managed and the American Patriots got their butts kicked. The story is told from the point of view of an 11 year-old boy who escapes his wretched uncle in Connecticut to join the good fight. It's not a really deep story, but does highlight several major events and cultural highlights of 1776. The author wrote in a postscript I read this book in about an hour and ten minutes today, and it was great! I really did not know a whole lot about the Battle of Brooklyn, in which Washington was badly out-managed and the American Patriots got their butts kicked. The story is told from the point of view of an 11 year-old boy who escapes his wretched uncle in Connecticut to join the good fight. It's not a really deep story, but does highlight several major events and cultural highlights of 1776. The author wrote in a postscript that she could write 50 books about the Revolutionary War, and I hope she at least writes one from each year the war lasted: 1775-1783. A quick, fun read!
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  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    EASILY 5 STARS
  • AMY
    January 1, 1970
    118 pages. Another excellent adventure back int time. Great details and character development. Great conflicts and plot in this one. Both boys and girls will enjoy reading this one. The storyline kept me engaged up until the very last page. It has a nice, satisfying ending. There are extra historical notes that are very interesting and may spark some fun research on the side. I like how the author discovered a little-known battle and educated her readers. Very interesting. Highly recommended fo 118 pages. Another excellent adventure back int time. Great details and character development. Great conflicts and plot in this one. Both boys and girls will enjoy reading this one. The storyline kept me engaged up until the very last page. It has a nice, satisfying ending. There are extra historical notes that are very interesting and may spark some fun research on the side. I like how the author discovered a little-known battle and educated her readers. Very interesting. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5. BRAVO!!!!
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    It talks about the colonial New York City and a kid named Nate turned into a very brave soldier at only 11
  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Great stories for preteen, teens, and all ages. Quick easy reads which include true historical lessons.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Really good historical fiction. Letter to readers about how she does her reset and thoughts about how our hero’s owned slaves was right on.
  • Jacob L.
    January 1, 1970
    The last book that I have read was I Survived the American Revolution, 1776. In this book, a boy named Nate lives with his cruel uncle Storch. One day Storch got very upset at Nate for getting him hurt. He strangles Nate but Nate fights back. Nate threw a punch at him and knocked him in the head, and Nate started to run. He ran to the harbor and stole away on a boat heading to New York. When he was there, the city was undergoing a bombardment of British cannons firing at him and American soldie The last book that I have read was I Survived the American Revolution, 1776. In this book, a boy named Nate lives with his cruel uncle Storch. One day Storch got very upset at Nate for getting him hurt. He strangles Nate but Nate fights back. Nate threw a punch at him and knocked him in the head, and Nate started to run. He ran to the harbor and stole away on a boat heading to New York. When he was there, the city was undergoing a bombardment of British cannons firing at him and American soldiers that were there. He ran to an American camp where he met one of his fathers old friends. Nate then joined the army to help his dad's friend Paul and the other soldiers. They were at camp and Nate was chopping wood, and then came the British with the Hessians to try to defeat the American soldiers. Nate had experienced near death being chased by a Hessian soldier but then ran back to base where he met Paul and the others. Later on, he then got mail saying that his uncle was dead and all of the stuff his uncle owned, is now his. He said his goodbyes to his friends and his captain, and then set off for home. I thought this was a cool book to read because you feel as if you are actually there and experiencing the things that Nate had gone through. All the hardships and struggles he had to go through felt like you were going through them to. I would recommend this book to kids around eleven years old because that is how old Nate is in this book. Being this age, you would be able to relate to him more that if you were older.
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  • Diana Thomsen
    January 1, 1970
    Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level.Forefathers: Read a book about your country’s independenceThis wasn't actually my first choice for this category. Unfortunately, the one I wanted was checked out and the person didn't bring it back on time. *grumble, grumble* So I decided to go ahead and read this one, instead. After all, the kiddos all RAVE about this series, and I hadn't gotten around to reading one. Now I have. So now I can have an opinion.I can see why kids would Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level.Forefathers: Read a book about your country’s independenceThis wasn't actually my first choice for this category. Unfortunately, the one I wanted was checked out and the person didn't bring it back on time. *grumble, grumble* So I decided to go ahead and read this one, instead. After all, the kiddos all RAVE about this series, and I hadn't gotten around to reading one. Now I have. So now I can have an opinion.I can see why kids would like these books. They're a great introduction to historical fiction, for sure! Easy reading (took me about 20 minutes), straightforward plot, and just enough death, disaster, and tragedy to make things interesting without scaring them into nightmares. The author does an exceptional job.This book, though, really should be called "I Survived the Battle of Brooklyn, 1776," since that's what it's about. The author explains her choice of this battle, and I agree that there's no way to cover the whole war in a book like this. So I don't really object. I just note that this isn't anything close to a book about the totality of The Revolutionary War. If kids want to know more, there are plenty of books on the subject, but this is a great way to get their feet wet.While I probably won't go out of my way to read more of the series (They're ALWAYS checked out!), if one does happen to end up in front of me, I wouldn't object to reading it.
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  • Kate Foran
    January 1, 1970
    I read this aloud to my 4th grade class as part of our social studies unit on New York in the Revolutionary War - 15-20 minutes a day (depending on how much students begged to keep going) and we were done in 2 weeks.The book weaves in battle strategy, weaponry, the Declaration of Independence, the roles of freed and enslaved blacks at the time, colonial NYC, the ragtag state of the American soldiers, smallpox, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Brooklyn, and a heroic but relatable 11-year- I read this aloud to my 4th grade class as part of our social studies unit on New York in the Revolutionary War - 15-20 minutes a day (depending on how much students begged to keep going) and we were done in 2 weeks.The book weaves in battle strategy, weaponry, the Declaration of Independence, the roles of freed and enslaved blacks at the time, colonial NYC, the ragtag state of the American soldiers, smallpox, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Brooklyn, and a heroic but relatable 11-year-old protagonist. Like all "I Survived" Books, the pace is quick and the focus is on action, but the historical context is woven in a meaningful way. For example, one character recounts his experience at Bunker Hill (an action-packed chapter the students loved) and then, when the Battle of Brooklyn unfolds, the reader can instantly make comparisons and understand why the outcome is so different ("No! They need the higher ground!" one student blurted).The NYC/Brooklyn focus was especially magical to my students as we were reading the book right where the events took place.There is so much action and history in 118-pages that you should not expect much in the way of character development. It's not literature for close reading, but it a terrific book for enjoying reading and learning history.
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  • Stephanie B
    January 1, 1970
    This book was about a boy named Nate who was once a orphan. He was owned by his crewel uncle named storch. When his uncle got extremely mad at Nate one day he decides to flee the country with a boat taking him splat in the middle of the American Revolution in 1776. He is forced to fight in the war and see many things he will never forget! A quote that I really liked was on page #101," He felt like he'd been run over by a horse wagon. But amazingly he was in one piece."(Lauren Tarshis) I would re This book was about a boy named Nate who was once a orphan. He was owned by his crewel uncle named storch. When his uncle got extremely mad at Nate one day he decides to flee the country with a boat taking him splat in the middle of the American Revolution in 1776. He is forced to fight in the war and see many things he will never forget! A quote that I really liked was on page #101," He felt like he'd been run over by a horse wagon. But amazingly he was in one piece."(Lauren Tarshis) I would recommend this book to a friend because it's a very short read. You could read it in a day like I did and it is more than 100 pages so it can be a book you can count. The figurative language I found was when it said that he felt like he'd been run over by a horse wagon which is a simile.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book because one of my students loves the series and the Revolution is in my 5th grade curriculum. Scholastic books was having a sale on the books for $1, and I wanted to know if I should get this for my class. Well, I bought them when I was about halfway through this book. I think my students will enjoy it and learn some history from it. I thought the book started out kind of strange - I'm not sure the kids will understand. I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I di I picked up this book because one of my students loves the series and the Revolution is in my 5th grade curriculum. Scholastic books was having a sale on the books for $1, and I wanted to know if I should get this for my class. Well, I bought them when I was about halfway through this book. I think my students will enjoy it and learn some history from it. I thought the book started out kind of strange - I'm not sure the kids will understand. I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I did, I kept reading to find out what happened to the boy. I don't even remember the ending, and I read it yesterday, so it didn't make much of an impression, but then, I knew I was going to read it again with my class, so....I'll have to see how it goes and update here later.
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  • Gretchen Widdison
    January 1, 1970
    I've seen a couple of books in this series before and thought they looked dumb. We got this one for my daughters historical book report. We read the book together. It had a fairly simple story. It focuses mostly on one battle in the Revolutionary War. My daughter really like it. She is in fifth grade, but has struggled with reading and is just starting to read books on her own. The was a little bit of a challenge, but not too difficult. I was impressed with the research and nonfiction informatio I've seen a couple of books in this series before and thought they looked dumb. We got this one for my daughters historical book report. We read the book together. It had a fairly simple story. It focuses mostly on one battle in the Revolutionary War. My daughter really like it. She is in fifth grade, but has struggled with reading and is just starting to read books on her own. The was a little bit of a challenge, but not too difficult. I was impressed with the research and nonfiction information she included in the story. There is also a section in the back called her "research journal" where she shares information she learned but didn't use in the story. It was a good experience for both of us. I may read more in the series, and I know my daughter for sure will read more of them.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    It a classic I Survived book that puts race, segregation, hierarchy, war, trauma, bloodshed, hardship, sacrifice, hopefulness, and courage. A young white boy lives with his uncle Storch because his sailor dad was thrown over born by the waves when his son was present. The boy, aka, leaves because he injured Storch. He was afraid of the consequence of his fate and his uncles 2 slaves. His uncle slapped him and he fled on many boats to Maine. He was about to get ready for the official bloodshed of It a classic I Survived book that puts race, segregation, hierarchy, war, trauma, bloodshed, hardship, sacrifice, hopefulness, and courage. A young white boy lives with his uncle Storch because his sailor dad was thrown over born by the waves when his son was present. The boy, aka, leaves because he injured Storch. He was afraid of the consequence of his fate and his uncles 2 slaves. His uncle slapped him and he fled on many boats to Maine. He was about to get ready for the official bloodshed of the Brits and their allies and their thirteen colonies. Nate loses his sailor friend, Samuel, due to Smallpox. Sorry don't to spoil it but Nate doesn't die and karma isn't a bit##.
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  • Etchison
    January 1, 1970
    I learned some new things about the American Revolution from this book, and it was a quick read. I was glad the author addressed, at least a little, the fact that master sent slaves to fight or otherwise help with the war effort, but those slaves had no guarantee of freedom after. In her notes about researching for the book, she also brings up the fact that the heroes of the Revolution (and the authors/signers of the Declaration of Independence) owned slaves, and how that is problematic for our I learned some new things about the American Revolution from this book, and it was a quick read. I was glad the author addressed, at least a little, the fact that master sent slaves to fight or otherwise help with the war effort, but those slaves had no guarantee of freedom after. In her notes about researching for the book, she also brings up the fact that the heroes of the Revolution (and the authors/signers of the Declaration of Independence) owned slaves, and how that is problematic for our views on those men. I think this would be a super fun job - research history and then write chapter books for kids about various events.
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great read for students who are yearning to know more about the American Revolution. The author does a great job at pairing down the Battle of Long Island for children to read and understand. It is important for students to have some background knowledge of the American Revolution as the book refers to events and people that are part of the time period. It has helpful graphics to explain the weapons and types of soldier to the reader. Overall a good book for those students interested i This is a great read for students who are yearning to know more about the American Revolution. The author does a great job at pairing down the Battle of Long Island for children to read and understand. It is important for students to have some background knowledge of the American Revolution as the book refers to events and people that are part of the time period. It has helpful graphics to explain the weapons and types of soldier to the reader. Overall a good book for those students interested in the time period.
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  • Tayla Eidam
    January 1, 1970
    Great book series for kids! Quick story about a boy who finds himself right in the middle of war during the American Revolution. Helps kids learn a little about history while being engaging. I'm not a big war fan or encouraging kids to fight, but I did appreciate the author acknowledging the Hessian looked more like someone's son, brother, or friend rather than the enemy. Doesn't include a lot of facts from history but has enough of the basics to encourage interest. Additional books like this if Great book series for kids! Quick story about a boy who finds himself right in the middle of war during the American Revolution. Helps kids learn a little about history while being engaging. I'm not a big war fan or encouraging kids to fight, but I did appreciate the author acknowledging the Hessian looked more like someone's son, brother, or friend rather than the enemy. Doesn't include a lot of facts from history but has enough of the basics to encourage interest. Additional books like this if they like it.
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  • Bernadette Kearns
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed this series and this book was a nice addition to the collection. I appreciate the story she chose to tell because it's a lesser known battle of the war and it's always good to add those stories to kids' knowledge of a historical time period. It wasn't my favorite, mainly because I didn't emotionally connect with the main character and his story as I have with others. I'm sure students will enjoy it and it will be a good addition to elementary classrooms studying American hi I have always enjoyed this series and this book was a nice addition to the collection. I appreciate the story she chose to tell because it's a lesser known battle of the war and it's always good to add those stories to kids' knowledge of a historical time period. It wasn't my favorite, mainly because I didn't emotionally connect with the main character and his story as I have with others. I'm sure students will enjoy it and it will be a good addition to elementary classrooms studying American history.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good but easier book. It is about the American Revolution and it is a very educational book. When I was reading it I felt like I was in the American Revolution! The story's setting is this 11 year old boy named Nathaniel Fox who is a slave who's parents are both dead. he escapes his owner and goes to New York city but little does he realize he just landed smack dab in the middle of a war! He than meets up with one of his dad's old friends and fights in the war! It is a very good and v This was a good but easier book. It is about the American Revolution and it is a very educational book. When I was reading it I felt like I was in the American Revolution! The story's setting is this 11 year old boy named Nathaniel Fox who is a slave who's parents are both dead. he escapes his owner and goes to New York city but little does he realize he just landed smack dab in the middle of a war! He than meets up with one of his dad's old friends and fights in the war! It is a very good and very educational book and I recommend it.
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  • Lizzy Skalski
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a quick read but still gave the reader an interesting look into one of the major events of the American Revolution. I would classify it under historical fiction as it does take place during the American Revolution. One unique feature of this book are the author's notes at the end of the book. The author goes through her process of writing and researching the story which gives even more information about the events of the book as they were in history. I feel that this book would be This book was a quick read but still gave the reader an interesting look into one of the major events of the American Revolution. I would classify it under historical fiction as it does take place during the American Revolution. One unique feature of this book are the author's notes at the end of the book. The author goes through her process of writing and researching the story which gives even more information about the events of the book as they were in history. I feel that this book would be appropriate for grades 3-5.
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  • Hannah Russell
    January 1, 1970
    I liked these this character has a clear growth arc. Maybe this rating is falsely increased because I've been perusing a lot of "reluctant reader" children's lit right now, and this is how you do that stuff correctly. You don't get reluctant readers reading with potty humor and disrespectful characters. You get them reading with magical, exciting, immersive storylines. So, bravo, Lauren Tarshis.
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  • Isaiah Nielsen
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book was great. It is about a boy that is named Nathanial Fox that is put into war against the Great Britain. He was very scared of fighting. I would to if I was 11 years old and had to fight grown men. In this book it shows you the weapons that they used, like a bayonet, or a musket, and it was really interesting. There was a lot of detail in it and that what made it so great. I recomend this book to people who want to know more about the war and anyone who wants to read it.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting approach to writing a historical fiction book about the American Revolution... focusing on the battles in New York, the impact of the British, and the involvement of German Soldiers. The book did a nice job of describing the different aspects of the American Revolution... the conditions, the weapons, etc. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed hearing the author speak about the research she did for the book.
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  • Shelli
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the few books that is written at a level for middle-grade readers that is both informative and enjoyable. It is not the most adventurous book on the Rev War but it will definitely teach and expand what students know about this time in history. As a teacher of fifth, it was one of our best book clubs because of the amount of information that students were able to learn. In other words, the story is ok, but for informing about the Rev War, much better than a textbook!
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  • Abigail Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    It was a great book packed with action and you could picture it in your mind playing like a movie the author did such a good job describing it. Nate was such a brave character fighting in the American Revolution at only 11 years old and Paul was also amazing and was there for Nate after his father died but I can not belive how mean Storch was not letting Paul see Nate I would recommend this book to every buddy.
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  • Deb Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I often read the same books as my son , as a conversation piece. I enjoy reading new bits of history that were previously not commonly known. Thank you for sharing your information on the Battle of Brooklyn in such a creative and insightful way, including the description of the undeveloped terrain, at that time. It is hard to think of New York or any part of it was once a wild wilderness.
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  • Liam
    January 1, 1970
    I Liked this book. I liked it even more cause we live so close to where It happened. Lauren Tarshis The author of this book Did a great job of choosing a battle that most people didn't know about. Have you ever heard of the battle of Brookline I know I haven't? I recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick and Interest read.
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  • Cameron August
    January 1, 1970
    The book is about this boy who has to face challenges and work to try to get his way though obstacles to succeed. He has a hard time fitting in but his long lost friend shows up and makes things better for him. I think this book is really surprising because of all the things that he did to help. I recommend this book because of all the traits.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    My 2 boys and I listened to this on audio. They are both studying the American Revolution in our homeschool. This was hugely entertaining on audio, the narrator was amazing. The book is very educational. Gave us a look through an 11 year old boys eyes of the war going on around him. We will definitely be reading more of these books. The audio was a little over 2 hours long.
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