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  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–8—Myers's novel about Nathan Hale shows the human side of history by using fictional characters to tell a story of everyday people caught up in monumental events. The perspective switches between that of Hale, a young schoolteacher, and his student Jonah, a 12-year-old orphan taken in by Nathan's wealthy cousin, Samuel. All of New London, CT, is talking about the dumping of British tea into Boston Harbor, and the townspeople are slowly dividing themselves into loyalists and patriots. Though Mr. Samuel is a Tory, Jonah is unsure of his own feelings. Eventually, Nathan joins General Washington's army as an officer and reluctantly agrees to take the dishonorable assignment of spying on British troops in New York City. Meanwhile, Samuel moves his family there, seeking a haven from the persecution loyalists are receiving. When Jonah runs into Nathan and confronts him, Nathan feels forced to reveal the truth about his work. Thinking his mentor deceitful, a devastated Jonah spills the story to Samuel. Soon after, Nathan is arrested, charged with treason, and sentenced to hang. Though Samuel suddenly has the money to journey to England, Jonah, feeling responsible for his teacher's death, instead heads for Washington's army. Set against clearly delineated historical events, the story employs personal thoughts and feelings to show the conflicts facing the colonists. This well-written novel is a good supplement to American history studies.—Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TX
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About the Author

Anna Myers is the author of more than a dozen books, including Tulsa Burning, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Assassin, an Oklahoma Book Award winner. She lives in Chandler, Oklahoma. Visit her Web site at www.annamyers.info.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Bright on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
From the first line, the author transports you to colonial America and you don't want to leave. Based on her extensive research about Nathan Hale, we learn about his short life through the eyes of a young student. I found this to be a powerful book, both in the way it brings those turbulent times to life and in the way it made me think about how families were torn apart. For educators, this would be an important addition to your classroom or home school library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Red on January 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy, yet the story of his life is not a morbid one and his legacy is one of victory.

Three years earlier, Nathan Hale was an 18-year-old schoolmaster, determined to make a difference in the lives of his young scholars. He was full of fun and did unusual things to get his students to want to learn. Twelve-year-old Jonah Hawkins was one of Master Hale's thirty students in a small schoolhouse in New London, Connecticut.

This is the American Revolution told from two points of view...that of The Man, Nathan Hale, who shared his love of learning and his love for America and that of The Boy, Jonah, his devoted student who was learning to make his own choices in a time when his world was crumbling around him. It is the story of gentleness, compassion, honesty, courage, conflict, and patriotism.

It is the story of a young colonial patriot, whose last words still ring today: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Nathan Hale was gifted in his love of learning, his love of children, and his love for his country. In the end, he gave the greatest gift of all: his life.

SPY! puts faces on the American Revolution. It helps you experience historical events woven into a moving, exciting fictionalized story of the people through the eyes and the hearts of Nathan Hale and the fictional Jonah Hawkins. They will help this part of history will become a part of who you are.

Kids' Wings proudly presents SPY! with the Kids' Wings Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Man on June 12, 2012
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This book shows you the meaning of Honor and how it can be a two edged sword. You will pause the next time you say "ON my Honor" if you have any!
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