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Steering his narrative through an unsentimentalized and deglorified depiction of the American Revolution, Paulsen’s latest work of historical fiction provides a stark glimpse of just how awful the war really was for those who suffered through it. Though his parents are city folk trying to hack out a life on the frontier in Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Samuel is entirely at home in the woodland wilderness that surrounds their little settlement. Soon after word arrives of the uprising in Concord and Lexington, Samuel returns home from a jaunt in the forest to find his home burned down, the neighbors slaughtered, and his parents missing. Samuel tracks his captured parents through the countryside to British-held New York, encountering scalping bands of Iroquois, pillaging squads of mercenary Hessians, and a few hardy, helpful rebels along the way. Paulsen alternates chapters of Samuel’s story with historical notes that illuminate the sobering realities of the Revolution and add some context not found in most history books. Paulsen’s rewarding and fast-paced novel offers an honest assessment of heroism writ both small and large. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2010: "A superb reflection on the nature of war."
From the Hardcover edition.
I liked the information supplements included in between the chapters. The chapters were short and told the point. No wasted verbiage.Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
I loved this book
Gary Paulson did very well with the development of the main character Samuel. Read more
Its a book. Therefore it is awesome. Books are awesome. Yay woohoo yea yea bla bla bla. The end. WordPublished 3 months ago by Jimmy Hendricks XD
Read this with a fifth grade class - we were all mesmerized!Published 4 months ago by Barbara Zukowski
I loved it it was interesting and he made you feel what the characters felt . Thank you for a another great book Gary PaulsenPublished 4 months ago by Ethan Link
Not really sure about it. It wasn't the best book but it had potential. Not bad but not a great bookPublished 4 months ago by Sarah Peng