This book brought back some memories of what I learned in school decades ago, however, there was much more that I had either forgotten or never learned. Soon after reading this book, we were in Boston where we walked the Freedom Trail, saw the church where the light shown signaling that the British were coming, and much-much more. Because I had just read the book, all the facts were fresh in my mind and it just made all the history we saw in Boston and also in Lexington and Concord, MA, just come alive. This book was in no way political but rather it was telling the real history of what our country has gone through but told in a way that it holds the interest of 8-13 year olds. I actually bought the book for my young grandsons but I "had" to read it first and was very glad I did.