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John's Story, 1775 (Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans)
The year 1775 is an explosive one — both for the colony of Virginia and 11-year-old John Nicholas’s family. The tensions are rising between England and the colonies, and Virginians disagree on how to act. Like many, John’s father, Robert Carter Nicholas, hopes to find a peaceful solution, but John’s older brother George and his company of the Williamsburg militia think Vir ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 11th 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
(first published December 1st 2001)
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Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction Set During the American Revolution
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Nov 08, 2012 Jennifer Lavoie rated it 2 of 5 stars
This is on my list of books that I can have students read for literature circles about the Revolutionary War. While a decent book, it is at a lower level than most of my students, and I will likely only use it for those that truly cannot read the other books. It touches on issues that many other books of the same topic cover, such as a child trying to figure out whether his older brother or father are right. This book reminded me a lot of My Brother Sam Is Dead, though much lighter in tone. Ther ...more
I read this in school, and like so many other books read there, it was terrible. How anyone could make the year before a war painfully boring, I have no idea, but Joan Lowery Nixon seems to have done it again. Do not waste your time with this book. Teachers, don't torture your students with it. There are so many good historical fiction books out there that there is no need to ever read this one.
Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...moreMore about Joan Lowery Nixon...
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