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Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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This is a nonfiction account of Washington forcing the British out of Boston but written in verse. It is done quite well; the poetry adds to the level of interest around the events described and the book includes detailed references to the sources used.
—School Library Connection
A gateway book to the American Revolution for reluctant readers and fans of Hamilton.
—School Library Journal
About the Author
Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer on music and the author of several books for children, including the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, as well as Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald, illustrated by Sean Qualls, and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Roxane Orgill lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
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I read an ‘Advance Reading Copy’ from Candlewick Press; part of an Early Review Program sponsored by Library Thing.
As a retired school librarian, I am very familiar with the excellent offerings of Candlewick Press. The publisher is top-notch.
In 1775, the British Army occupied Boston in order to subdue and discourage the colonists.
Roxanne Orgill tells the ‘story’ of the siege in free verse/poetic verse.
Access Points include:
a Cast of Characters including George Washington (Commander of the Continental Army); William Lee (Washington’s servant); Henry Knox (a Boston bookseller who became a colonel under Washington).
Introduction - I liked the simplicity and matter-of-factness of the Introduction.
Glossary - excellent, interesting and helpful
Source Notes - excellent, interesting and helpful
Bibliography - excellent resources
Map - of Boston and its environs
I liked the repetition of ‘Orders’ (Orders is an actual character)
I liked the instructions for loading a ‘Brown Bess’ or musket written by Cyrus (a servant boy).
I liked the references to George Washington as a surveyor. I liked the reference to Henry Knox who was later rewarded for service with thousands of acres of land in Maine - one of the ‘Great Proprietors’. I also liked the list of victuals procured by Cyrus.
I liked that there was little punctuation.
The rhythm and cadence of the words was mesmerizing. The rhythm speaks to the hard work, the drudgery of the tasks to be performed everyday.
This title would be an excellent ‘stand-alone’ book for students to read. It could also be used as supplemental reading on this topic or as ‘theater’ or a broadcast.
I would recommend this title for grades 6 and above. The content is excellent and gives a very personalized account of daily life/military life and history in the Revolutionary War period.