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Grade 5-8–This book provides biographical sketches of dozens of individuals and groups of people. The three- to five-page sketches are arranged chronologically by the patriots birth year, beginning with Benjamin Franklin and ending with Sam Houston. The entries are a mixture of well-known, little-known, and unknown people, and there are representatives from a wide variety of ethnic groups. Masters relies upon the best available information for some of the little-known figures and informs readers when facts are in doubt, frequently concluding that the individuals symbolic legacy can be the most important part of his or her story. A black-and-white portrait or representation of each person and occasional reproductions break up the text. Also included are Drummers and Fifers, The Oneida, Daughters of Liberty, and African American Patriots as well as discussions of patriotic symbols such as the Liberty Bell, the Purple Heart medal, and the Star Spangled Banner. Appendixes include an average-quality general bibliography of print sources and an extensive list of Web sites arranged by person or group. Although these sketches are very brief, they are interesting and readable, and they provide basic information that could be used to introduce students to the people who created our nation.–Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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About the Author

Nancy Robinson-Masters is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (November 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYCUIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Case on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading about extraordinary patriots. Some well-known, some little known, and some unknown to me who exhibited extraordinary patriotism at a crucial moment in our history. Their outstanding contributions and sacrifices for our country's freedoms are revealed in writing that appeals to teenagers and adults alike. This book is beautifully written and full of facts. The author's definition of an extraordinary patriot tells it all: "A person who cared more about establishing and sustaining a free and independent country in America than he or she cared about his or her comfort, safety, property, or life." I've long been a fan of this author and she proves once again why she is so popular.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on August 19, 2012
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I was very excited by the subject matter. However I was terribly disappointed by the author's lack of even basic research. For instance she states repeatedly that Cornwall surrendered at Yorktown, NY, when every 6th grader knows it was in Virginia. She also places the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Virginia. A two-second Google search would have told her that battle, and the n
ational military park, are in North Carolina. It makes me wonder about the rest of her "facts"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Steele Jr. on September 4, 2011
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I've worried that Americans are losing a sense of their glorious past, and losing their knowledge of the ordinary men and women that rose to the challange of forging a new country. In the capable hands of writer, Nancy Robinson Masters, well-known and not-so-well-known patriots are again brought to life. Added nuggets like the story behind our national anthem, the constitution, the Federalist papers and the Purple Heart make this an interesting and east to read book that belongs in every school library! C.E. Steele, Jr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jo Anne Horn on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of history, especially U.S. history, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nancy Robinson Master's Extraordinary Patriots of the United States of America. Through her I learned much about some of the lesser known people who helped build our country.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J.W. Neilson on July 27, 2012
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The book consists of short chapters about many famous and lesser known American patriots. The author, however, did not do a thorough job of checking for factual accuracy. In the chapter about Nathanael Greene she states that General Greene and General Daniel Morgan "surrounded the British soldiers led by General Charles Cornwallis at a place in South Carolina known as the Cowpens." Generals Greene and Cornwallis were not at the battle. The British soldiers were commanded by LTC Banastre Tarleton. General Morgan commanded the American soldiers who were arranged in several lines. Another inaccuracy is placing the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Virginia. Guilford Courthouse is located in North Carolina.

Before completing a factual book it is the responsibility of the author to check and recheck the accuracy of the included facts. Ms. Masters failed to do this more than once. This book is not worth the time it takes to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony P on April 30, 2013
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Overall very interesting but not written for adults. The author continually explained certain words over and over as they related to each subject patriot. This became tiresome as one read further into the book. However, the short bios of subjects were accurate and very informing making this book easy to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on July 14, 2012
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I can't believe this book was rated so highly. The book can only be described as being no better than a collection of patriot stories written by high school students who were given a word limit. The character histories are very generalized information that can be found with a very little research. The book certainly does not provide new information to anyone who has had even a minimum amount of interest in any of these patriots. If I had paid for this book, I would want my money back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy L Dane on April 5, 2012
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The sacrifices that our founding fathers made to get this country made into a country are amazing. In every case, they give God the credit for their successes and the endurance of the country. The insights into the lives of these men and women who gave so much for freedom and at such a great risk to their lives and their families and their fortunes is inspiring.
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