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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419703966
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 3-8-One Dead Spy begins as Nathan Hale is about to be hanged. He was not a very good spy. But in the hands of Nathan Hale, the present-day graphic novelist, he makes an excellent narrator. American history is hilarious in these lively, rigorously researched, visually engaging stories. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Nathan Hale is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, which was an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens and earned three starred reviews. He is also the illustrator of several picture books. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two children.

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Nathan Hale does a great job.
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He has been reading this, Big Bad Ironclad and Hale's newer WWI book over and over and over again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We brought this home 4 days ago. It has slept with the kids, eaten with the kids, ridden in the car with the kids, had two kids peering at it (and laughing together) at the same time, been grappled over by the kids, replaced LEGO fun for one kid...

You might want more than one copy of this excellent, entertaining, memorable, slightly irreverent graphic book about Nathan Hale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I enjoy this type of children's historical graphic novel/biography and have appreciated Hale's artwork in other books.

This was so much more than I had expected it to be. It simply was brilliant and an excellent read all round. Nathan Hale (writer) has done for American History what Rick Geary has done for 19th century crime. The two series are admirably similar in their focus and format bringing more information to the table on exciting events from the past through a totally enticing graphical format. Hale sets up his series by telling the story of the historical Nathan Hale as he is about to be hung, the man, his executioner and a British Guard are on the block when something happens which allows Hale to tell the story of his past which includes the story of the American Revolution up to this point. Told with extreme detail, I was quite amazed at how much I was actually interested in (and understood) the military strategy, battle details and reasonings behind various maneuvers. This part of war I'm not usually very interested in but Hale (author) has made it exciting and funny. Along with this detail, there is also the personal stories of the people involved in the war as they related to Hale (the spy). We learn about Henry Knox, George Washington, Thomas Knowlton, Benjamin Tallmadge and many others. I especially appreciated how Hale (the author) brought history alive with his humour; he sometimes goes beyond the scope of the book and makes comments about our world to the reader, he pokes great fun at these historical characters, making fun of strange names and strange circumstances. The executioner is my favourite character as he is the one he is not quite so "book-smart" and asks the questions and makes the comments the reader probably would.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen S D Robinson on September 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Nathan Hale (the spy, not the author, who I'd never heard of before) since I was a kid forty years ago. I have a rather large collection of books about him, including my prizes, an original Stuart from 1856 and a copy of Seymour's "Documentary Life". This book will go well on that shelf.

The premise of this book is a bit of magic realism: As Nathan Hale speaks his last words, a huge history book swallows him up. A few minutes later he emerges, starry eyed (but still with his hands tied behind his back), explaining that "I'm in the history book now" and that he has read the future history of America. He tells the enthralled hangman and the British soldier (who I take to be William Cunningham) the story of his life and of the beginnings of the American Revolution. When he comes to the end of his story, they want to know more, so like Scheherazade, he postpones his execution by spinning more tales, which will be a future series of graphic novels (I can't wait for the one about Benedict Arnold).

The book is very funny, with a lot of gallows humor--literally, since the frame story all takes place on the gallows. For example:

Hangman: Do you have any regrets?
Hale: I regret that I only have one life.
Hangman: Ha ha! Good one! If you had an extra life you could be hanged, then just walk away.

One of my favorite bits of silliness was this one: "George Washington. He's from Virginia. He looks like this." "Meh. This is my George. King George." "George vs. George. They sort of look the same." "By George! They do look the same."

There are also poignant moments, including this one, just after Hale comes out of the history book:

Hangman: Does it happen? Do you get hanged in the future?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Kurian on May 20, 2014
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My son has been a huge history and comic book buff since he learned to read last year. He is an avid reader - whatever he can get his hands on. I bought this for him thinking he might be a little young still but I was wrong. He has been reading this, Big Bad Ironclad and Hale's newer WWI book over and over and over again. He sleeps with them, they come in the car so he can read them on the way to school and on the way back home. Clearly, Nathan Hale is an entertaining writer. The only one we decided not to buy him yet is The Donner Party because of the subject matter (we'll wait until he's a little older to get this one). According to my son, Nathan Hale's books get 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It’s September 22, 1776, and Nathan Hale is brought out to the gallows to be hanged as a spy against the British, when he has an epiphany. Swallowed up into “The Big Huge Book of American History,” he reemerges knowing the full history of the United States. And so, to the silly Hangman, and the stubborn and incredulous Provost, he tells the story of his own life and his involvement in the American Revolution.

I must say this is a great graphic novel. My 10-year-old daughter actually found it first, and I had to see what she thought was so great about it. It is really good – it’s a clever mixture of humor and history, entertaining as it educates. My daughter and I both think very highly of this book and we both give it our highest recommendations!
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More About the Author

Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of many exciting graphic novels and picture books for children, including One Dead Spy and Big Bad Ironclad (the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series), Yellowbelly and Plum go to School, the Twelve Bots of Christmas and The Devil You Know.

He is the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas, Animal House and many others.

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