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The story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts is presented in a narrative tale filled with little-known details and lots of quotes. Reprint.
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For middle-graders who find Joy Hakim's 11-volume "A History of US" just too daunting, historian Sheinkin offers a more digestible version of our country's story--opening with an account of the American Revolution from the despised but not-unreasonable Stamp Act to the dramatic race to Yorktown. Beneath breezy chapter subheads like "Revere and That Other Guy" and "Party at Fort Ti," the author expertly combines individual stories with sweeping looks at the larger picture--tucking in extracts from letters, memorable anecdotes, pithy characterizations (.,."John Adams, well known lawyer, Patriot, and grump") and famous lines with a liberal hand. Except for a few cramped maps, Robinson's illustrations are all line-drawn cartoon portraits that echo the narrative's informality without adding much. Still, capped with a healthy "Whatever Happened To..." section, this animates the Revolution's times, events and people in a way that standard textbooks don't. A second volume on the Civil War, "Two Miserable Presidents" (ISBN: 978-1-59643-320-5-0), is also out. (index, adult-level source lists) "(Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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Book Description Square Fish, 2009. Condition: New. Tim Robinson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1596435186
Book Description Square Fish, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111596435186