There’s a war on and it has just hit home – literally. With his brother murdered in front of their eyes by redcoats and William injured while attempting to defend his brother, it would seem there is no other choice. Young William sets out on a journey that will forever change him as he encounters war firsthand.
This would have been one of those books I devoured in an hour or two while in grade school. I LOVED Revolutionary Way stories anyway, but when they included girls who had to disguise themselves as boys, it was even better (yes, one of the main characters plays this role). Why? Because there is always that element of fear – “Oh my gosh, she’s going to be discovered, what will happen? They don’t hang girl spies (e.g. Pauline Cushman) do they?” A whole rigamarole of thoughts and questions rumbling through my head usually ended badly. I would flip to the end of the story and read what happens, ruin the ending and proceed to finish the book anyway. Yeah. It was a pretty bad habit. I can defintely say that this book is very much recommended for younger readers. If they do not have an interest in the War for Independence once they finish, they will have.
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