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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #1)

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Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graph ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Amulet Books
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Jessica
As unlucky spy Nathan Hale awaits his hanging, he bravely faces the hangman and says, "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Then he is swallowed by a giant US History book. What? You don't know that part? Huh.

Nathan Hale then regales the hangman with the story of his life, his part in the Revolutionary War, and the failed secret mission that resulted in his capture. It's fantastic. Not only is this an amazing story: war! spywork! colorful characters who really lived! but Na
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Barb Middleton
The first read aloud I did with a graphic novel left me baffled after a few pages. I sputtered in front of the class, "Huh? That text didn't make any sense." A few grade 4 students laughed and one said, "You don't read it like a book Mrs. Middleton." "How do I read it?" I asked. "The square and circle speech bubbles are two different people talking and the pink means Babymouse [the protagonist] is dreaming." "Ohhhhh! Brilliant! I get it now!" We laughed together and I started over noticing a few ...more
Kelly
Nathan Hale was a spy for the Continental/George Washington's Army. He was not a very good one though. At the beginning he tells the hangman and the General that were going to hang him (he got caught), his last words. Then, out of nowhere, a giant book appears and shows the general and the hangman his stories through the war and how he got caught as a spy. He gets hanged in the end however.
Joseph R.
Most every American can recognize the line "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country" as the final words of Nathan Hale, an American spy hung in 1776 during the American War of Independence. Any other details about his life are vague at best. This small book (written by another Nathan Hale who was born in 1976) fills in a lot of the details, especially his service during the war, in a way that's entertaining and engaging for children and adults alike. The book is a graphic novel ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I enjoy this type of children's historical graphic novel/biography and have appreciated Hale's artwork in other books.

This was so much more than I had expected it to be. It simply was brilliant and an excellent read all round. Nathan Hale (writer) has done for American History what Rick Geary has done for 19th century crime. The two series are admirably similar in their focus and format bringing more information to the table on exciting events from the past through a totally
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Liz
I know it might seem odd to give 5 stars to a children's book, but I am giving five stars because I liked how the author, himself named Nathan Hale, explained the creative licenses he took with the story. He included a list of his resources and a page where he explains why he chose to draw the spy, Nathan Hale in certain instances of his life. He also includes some of Henry Knox's story, and explains that those two men were often in the same areas at the same time in the War so it made sense to ...more
Elissa
I admit it, I hesitated on this. I considered buying it for my library, but thought maybe it would be better for the teen collection rather than children's. But the reviews all pointed to "Great!" so I bought it. And I am SO GLAD I did! It really is for middle grade, not necessarily teens but I have no doubt that teens would enjoy it.

Upon saying his last words to the hangman, Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale is swallowed up by...wait for it...The Big Huge Book of American History. He steps back
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Nicole
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
Amulet Books, 2012
Graphic Novel: Historical Fiction
128 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8

WOW! Go, buy it now. Especially go buy it now if you teach history. Let's start adding engaging books like this to our classroom libraries so that American history isn't so blah, and heavy on names and dates but laking those faces and people to really attach meaning and understanding to. I don't care if that sentence was a mess, I'm pretty passionate about this book/series!

Nathan Hale
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Kimberly
I love learning about history, which honestly is something I never thought I’d hear myself say. More specifically, I love hearing the personal stories, the personal accounts, seeing photographs, reading their correspondence. These stories make history come alive for me, to hear of these real people who lived through historical events – and those who didn’t.
In this graphic novel, Nathan Hale the author tells us the story of Nathan Hale the American spy in the Revolutionary War. (And no, there’s n
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Kristin Fletcher-spear
So I'm no history buff. Really I'm not. I vaguely knew that Hale had famous last words ("I regret that I have but one life to give for my country"), but I didn't know anything else. In all honesty I picked up the graphic novel for a few reasons:
1)It's a graphic novel and I enjoy reading them.
2)I enjoyed Nathan Hale's other work.
3)The author has the same name as the historical character. This actually might have been the #1 reason I picked it up.

Anyway, for those of you who don't know Nathan Hal
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Joella www.cinjoella.com
It took me longer to read this book than it should have. Not because it was a bad book. But because when I took the book home, my 8-year-old nephew took the book and wouldn’t give it back until he had finished reading it. Then and only then would he allow me to read it.

In Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the spy from the Revolutionary War that was hung, not the Nathan Hale that is the author/illustrator) tells about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. Specifically such details as
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Dan
I got to hear Nathan Hale speak at ULA this year - he doodled drawings while he spoke and it was absolutely hilarious. He has a great thing going with his Hazardous Tales graphic novels. They are funny and they teach history at the same time. I wish I would have had access to these when I was younger. I will definitely recommend them to my kids when they are a little older. This one is great because it is about Captain Nathan Hale from the Revolutionary War - you know the one who said "I regret ...more
Meredith
I love Nathan Hale, the author/illustrator. I have loved him since I first read Yellowbelly and Plum Go To School, lo those 3 or so years ago. I've never had any particular thoughts about Nathan Hale, the spy, at all. But wouldn't you know it, now I love him too. His story is fascinating, inspiring, tragic, and in the hands of Nathan Hale, author/illustrator, hilarious. The first time I ever really understood the appeal of graphic novels was when I read a nonfiction graphic novel, but from what ...more
Karen
Author/illustrator Hale brings his namesake to life on the platform of a gallows. The frame tale includes three characters: Hale (the sympathetic narrator), a hangman (a buffoon loaning comic relief) and a British soldier (arrogant and angry). Hale has the added foresight of knowing the outcome of the Revolutionary War, having been consumed by a giant history book in the first few pages.

There, the historical figure Nathan Hale recounts events of the American Revolution that involved him directl
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Lizzie
On the day of his hanging, Nathan Hale recounts his life as spy in the American Revolution to his goofy hangman and an annoyed British redcoat.

This book is a very kid friendly mix of historical events and characters, military strategy, and comic relief that makes for an engaging and fun read. Hale takes a great story and give it the perfect energetic and humorous tone. This book reminded me of how the American Revolution was truly amazing story chalk full of colorful characters who with a little
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Derek Royal
Wonderful concept for a history book series. My friend, Andy Wolverton, turned me on to the NHHT books, and I'm glad he did. We plan to interview the creator on a future episode of the podcast, around the pub date of his new WWI book.
Marcia
A fantastic graphic novel!! A tremendous amount of Revolutionary history presented in a way that is so fun and engaging, I dare you not to be interested. Hale takes all the great parts of Nathan Hales's story: conflict, the heroes, villains, fighting, spies, and daring-do, and offers them up from the gallows on the day he was hung. The hangman and a British regular offer up their commentary as the story unfolds. Henry Knox was an incredibly optimistic dude, who performed an outstanding feat,and ...more
Angela
Unarguably one of the most delightful ways to learn history! I now know more about the Revolutionary War and General George Washington than I've ever retained from history text books. Amazing talent!
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I really liked this book!
Emily
One Dead Spy is the biography of Nathan Hale, the famous Revolutionary War spy who is best known for his alleged last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” After being swallowed by a giant history book just prior to his execution, the famous spy himself tells his story in graphic novel form, aided by a mesmerized hangman and an insolent British soldier. Such a unique way to present history - boys will love it. It features many famous names and battles from the R ...more
Elizabeth
Getting a historical novel to relay information with graphic genre used to be a stretch. This book takes it a step further by having Nathan Hale tell of the Revolutionary War and his role in it through the eyes of the hangman. The year is 1775 and half of New York had burned down. The citizenry were hoping the person who started the big fire was going to hang that day. But they were disappointed as the hangman was there for a spy, Nathan Hale. Nathan's famous quote was "I regret I only have one ...more
Margaret
The first in the "Hales' Hazardous Tales" comic series is excellent!! Though the novel itself made me chuckle, I learned many new things about history and was able to better put into place the facts and events that I'd learned as a kid. I wish this book existed when I was studying the American Revolution! Alas, since the author is just 3 years old than me, that would've made him about 15 years old at the time.

Humor, dialogue, actual quotes from historical figures, good use of color, maps, and m
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Lydia
A great version of events for the American War for Independence from Great Britain as told by Nathan Hale (the American Spy), who at the beginning of this book is facing his execution, says his famous quote and is than swallowed by a giant history book. He comes back and is questioned by his hangman and the British officer in charge of his execution as to what he saw and his life story. So the hanging gets put on hold... indefinitely.

Other than the being swallowed by a book thing, the rest of t

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Mrs W
Mar 03, 2014 Mrs W rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Nathan Hale, the first American spy, is on the gallows to be hanged for treason. When he works out his last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country,” a giant American history book swallows him, returning him a few seconds later. Hale now has infinite knowledge of American history, and regales his executioners with his own Revolutionary War story, beginning with his education at Yale. Throughout Hale’s story, other pieces of Revolutionary War history are included, su ...more
Jayce Senter
AR level: 2.6
Grade appropriate: 3rd grade and up

RATING BREAKDOWN:
Overall: 3/5-- Funny and quick to read, not as easy to follow because of the constant dialogue and the comic style makes it a little difficult to keep up with exactly what's happening.

Creativity: 5/5-- Presenting history in this funny and irreverent manner is very engaging.

Characters: 4/5-- Funny, if not exactly clever.

Engrossing: 5/5-- I finished it in one day.

Writing: 3/5-- the comic style leads to choppiness and makes it a
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Robin
TED 8650 Children's Literature

This book would be a benefit to my collection. It gives a rough (and humorous) history of the Revolutionary War from the point of view of Nathan Hale, who was a spy. Students will enjoy getting some history through the graphic novel format, since it is easier to read and follow than a textbook. The silly storytelling will keep students engaged in reading the story through to the end. Though the book is not exactly accurate (a giant history book flies down and crushe
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Molly Bullard
One Dead Spy (Graphic Novel Selection)

Summary: One Dead Spy is the brief life story of Nathan Hale, a schoolteacher turned soldier turned patriot spy. I love any book that makes history come to life, and this book doesn’t disappoint. The Hangman has a recurring role that provides the reader’s point of view, asking the questions we would ask if were chatting with the characters over a latte. He also provides comic relief, necessary with heavy subject matter, and helpful in keeping our interest. T
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Bethe
2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. A good review of the American Revolution from one of its lesser known heroes. There is a bit of metafiction going on as the characters know they are in a book, Nathan Hale is even swallowed by a history book. The POV switches between 3 characters which engages the young reader even more. The battle scenes and descriptions, not to mention the exploding cows, will attract the boys, along with the graphic novel format. Damn and hell are used with asterisks sa ...more
Chrissy
I LOVED this book! I loved how well-researched it is, as well as how entertaining it is. It's a great way for kids (and adults, let's be honest) to learn about Nathan Hale (the spy, not the author) and his role in the American Revolution. The illustrations and coloring are great - they fit the medium as well as the time period and it's just a really fun read. I look forward to reading more from this series.
Karyl
I have a new favorite way to learn history! Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales are so well done, funny and engaging, but chock full of great history and information. He even tells the reader when he engages in artistic license to make a better story.

It's in this installment that the reader learns how Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War spy, knows all the history that will happen to our nation — on the gallows, about to hang for being a spy, he is swallowed by The Big Huge Book of American History! An
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Nathan Hale is the New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of the Hazardous Tales series, as well as many picture books including Yellowbelly and Plum go to School, the Twelve Bots of Christmas and The Devil You Know.

He is the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaur
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