Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
2010 - Parents' Choice Award for ages 12 and up
In 1776, 13-year-old Samuel finds that his house has been burned down by British soldiers. He sets out to find his parents, but his journey is a tangle of Rebels, Patriots, Iroquois, and others who are helpful or helpless.
The fictional narrative alternates with short nonfiction updates about the American Revolution. Parts of the story are graphic and disturbing - it's not gratuitously bloody, but innocents and family members are killed. The plot moves quickly and the writing is compelling. Many readers will find this to be an accessible gateway to historical fiction.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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