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The Battle for St. Michaels (I Can Read Books: Level 4)
"Caroline, save the flag!" In the War of 1812, the Maryland town of St. Michaels hatches a desperate plan to ward off bombardment by the British fleet. As the fastest runner in town, Caroline carries word of the plan from house to house. But as the battle begins, it is Caroline' s courage -- not her speed -- that will be tested.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books
(first published 2002)
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The Battle for St. Michaels is a work of historical fiction intended for elementary aged children. It tells the story of the War of 1812 from a small shipping town on the Chesapeake Bay. The town of St. Michaels is full of soldiers waiting to defend the American Flag if need be, and a 9 year old girl named Caroline finds herself eager to help. Because she is swift on her feet, she carries messages to and from Captains, even when the town is evacuated. When the British do finally attack, she tell ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was ok
While I realize that this is a beginning reader, which is necessarily written in a simplified style, nevertheless I found it written in uninteresting prose. The story is about a young girl who helps her village of St. Michaels in Maryland when the British are ready to invade and attack during the War of 1812. It's based on a true event, though Caroline and her family are fictional. I was particularly bothered throughout the entire book by the depiction of Caroline with short-cropped hair like a ...more
Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.More about Emily Arnold McCully...