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The Sons of Liberty #1 (The Sons of Liberty #1)

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Forget everything you thought you knew about America's early days-history packs a punch in this full-color, two-fisted, edge-of-your-seat adventure!



Graphic novels are a revolution in literature, and The Sons of Liberty is a graphic novel like no other. Visual and visceral, fusing historical fiction and superhero action, this is a tale with broad appeal-for younger readers...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Melody
This was my first experience with a graphic novel. I was enthralled with both the story and the illustrations. Fantastic job, Alex!
Matthew
Loved, loved, loved this one. Set just prior to the American Revolution, Brody and Graham are two young runaway slaves who somehow develop extraordinary physical powers. With some helpful coaching from historical figures like aboltionist Benjamin Lay and Ben Franklin, they hone their talents and learn to make their way in the world as apprentices in a print shop. While there's a lot of action, there's also some real telling points of emotional and philosophical conflict as pre-America struggles...more
Galileo
I am a big reader of comics and graphic novels and I can tell you there are very few books like this. This book is a blast! The story hooked me within the first few pages. I was glued to it from beginning to end and the art and color are nothing short of stunning. When I finished, I was like "Man, I need book 2 now!"
This book is smart, thrilling, informative and completely unique.
I couldn't help but keep thinking this would make a great movie, because it feels like a movie.
Brilliant A+
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
This was really something and definitely needs more volumes! It's set in 1777 and the next decade. The story has many different story lines running involving slaves, Benjamen Franklin, Quakers and more. All these plots come together to create a wonderful "what if..." in our history.
I thought this was really well done from the drawings to the plots! Wow! I hope there are more volumes on their way! Try it out and see what you think!
Steve Fuller
This book is phenomenal! It's a refreshing perspective of history and the art was breath taking. Thumbs up to these authors, I can't wait until part 2 comes out!
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a panelist.

An unusual story, not what I was expecting going into it. Set in pre-revolutionary America the story revolves around two young runaway slave boys, their cruel owner and his son, and a vicious slave hunter. Then there is the lone Quaker who decries slavery and helps slaves to try to escape and Benjamin Franklin, famous for his experiments with electricity among many things, and also the friend of slaves; al...more
Amy Lignor
This is a fantastic middle-grade graphic novel that immediately grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go. This extremely fast-paced, and eloquently-told tale was written by two brothers and illustrated by a Marvel comic veteran named Steve Walker, and Oren Kramek.

Directly after the war for America’s independence, the reader is soon shown that not all Americans earned the right to their freedom. In fact, on the Sorenson plantation, like so many others, there are hundreds of young men and wome...more
Tony
I'm a fan of historical fiction and a fan of graphic storytelling, so when I saw this first book in a projected series set during the time of the American Revolution, I snapped it up. The story follows two young Pennsylvania slave boys who run away from their master's plantation and obtain unlikely superpowers, training in the African martial art of dambe (aka kokawa), and some possibly magic relics. In the parlance of the superhero genre, this is an "origin story" book that sets everything up f...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)

What do you get when you mix beloved American history, with character's who have paranormal powers? You get a dark, edgy, riveting, action packed graphic novel.

The story follows two young male slaves who are on the run. When someone tries an experiment on them, they are left with little memory and super human powers. The novel opens with some scenes from 1777, and as we journey through the novel, we will see life as it was in 1760, the start of the boy's story.

Shady deals, the fight to free slav...more
April
Graham and Brody are two escaped slaves. They are on the run from their former master as well as an evil slave hunter. While hiding in the wilderness on the way to find a abolitionist named Benjamin Lay, they run into William Franklin, embittered son of the great Benjamin Franklin, doing his own illict electrical experiments on animals. He grabs the two boys and does his experiments on them. They wake up frightened and alone and able to due extraordinary things. They make their way to Benjamin L...more
Rebecca
I really liked this book. What an awesome concept! Two young runaway slaves get caught by none other than William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's son, who performs a bizarre experiment on them. Graham and Brody remember nothing, but now have super powers and no explanation. They're taken in by Benjamin Lay, an eccentric abolitionist and are trained in dambe, an African martial art. That's about as far as this volume goes, but I am super-psyched for the next one. The characters are interesting, the...more
Emily
It had been awhile since I picked up a graphic novel to read. I had read several reviews and finally decided to pick this one up. Not bad. I think graphic novels and manga are an acquired taste, but I enjoyed this one. Probably because of the history major in me. It's really an alternative history in which two runaway slaves become this superpowered ninjas fighting the injustices of early America. I know it sounds a little strange, but art is pretty good and the story easy to follow. The story d...more
Raina
It seems like a good idea. Superhero former slaves fighting baddies in revolutionary amerika. The cover is great.

But I only got a third of the way through or so before I gave up. I don't find the illustration style particular appealing (inside), it was hard to keep characters straight, and there's not enough superheroness or action to keep teens reading.

It certainly has an audience (the copy I have from the library has been so well read the binding is loose), but that audience isn't me.
Jeremy Peterson
i think this book is so cool. because it is about the old days and how there was slaves and how they got beat if they did something wrong. this book is about two laves that are about 8 and 10 and they run away and try to find a person that will help them. they are going and they get attacked by this guy that is a slave hunter and the two kids got whiped on there spines and it put an electrical charge though them and they became imortal and they could do anything. i like this book and i think you...more
Erik Hawksley
History is awesome, it's always been my favorite subject in school and I've always been a bit of a history buff. I especially love stories that take place in important and thrilling times in history and either retell them their own way or entirely change the course of history. But this was just terrible. The art was decent at best, shallow, mediocre characters. Way too slow paced and boring with way too much exposition and explanation of pointless things. I read the majority of it and had to put...more
Jj
Sep 07, 2010 Jj rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone ages 12 and up
Quite possibly one of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time.
I was sold on the concept alone, but once I got a hold of this book, I was sucked in. The dialogue is smart and clean, the art and color amazing. The action is very dramatic and intense, but should be fine for younger readers.

This series should go a long way in the pantheon of comics and graphic novels. I CANNOT WAIT for the next book.
Taneka
WOW, what a great read! This is a work of historical fiction in that it involves characters such as Benjamin Franklin and the workings of the Society of Friends. Brody and Graham are on the run from the plantation owner called Sorenson. On their way to find Benjamin lay, they are found by Franklins' son, William. William has harmed the boys, but has somehow given them abilities that can be either a gift or a curse.

This graphic novel is full of action and adventure. Two runaways that have the po...more
Adrienne
Brody and Graham are slaves but when the master's son attacks Brody and Graham retaliates, they must flee. They're headed for Benjamin Lay's lair, as Lay is an abolitionist. However, before they meet up with him, they are found by William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's son, who uses them as subjects for a scientific experiment. The experiment leaves them with extreme powers, which they use to fight back against their master and the slave catcher who is out to get them.

I'm intrigued by the idea of...more
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Appeal Characteristics: Minority main characters, historical figures, revolutionary war, slavery, mad scientist experiments, werewolvish...type characters, stylistic art.

Ugh. I know that isn't a good first word. I was slightly disappointed with this first novel because I felt that it had everything to make an AWESOME series...but if fell flat! I loved the ninja type African-American protagonists! I also loved the whole back story of the guy who was able to train them...and also leading up to the...more
Nick
I have mixed feelings about this graphic novel. I really wanted to like it, after reading some very favorable reviews, but the actual book has several story flaws.
One is that there is an ongoing theme of: Person A has committed a terrible crime, so we'll punish Person B. Both villains and heroes do this, repeatedly.
Another is the villification of William Franklin, Benjamin's son. While it is certainly possible to dislike him for being a Tory, this story portrays him as vicious, evil and sadistic...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

When one runaway slave returns by force to the plantation by a cruel bounty hunter and dogs, two boys find themselves in trouble - deadly trouble. In order to avoid death, they run from the plantation in search of a man who just might help them survive.

They believe Benjamin Lay will help hide them until they can find a safe place. While trying to find him, they run across William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, conducting experiments of electri...more
Shel
Lagos, A., & Lagos, J. (2010). The Sons of Liberty. New York: Random House.


Appetizer: Set in 1760, Brody and Graham are young slaves on the horrendous Mr. Sorenson's plantation. After an accident in which they hurt Sorenson's vile son, the two must run away. Pursued by the villainous Walker, who works for Sorenson, and his many dogs, the two try to take refuge on the lands of Benjamin Franklin (Yes, that Benjamin Franklin!).

The two boys do not find any respite though, because they are captur...more
RachelAnne
I know I'm a stickler for historical accuracy, but I don't think it's a minor detail to point out that Quakers believe in NONVIOLENCE! Benjamin Lay did exist, he was a FASCINATING anti-slavery activist, but he relied on non-violent methods; he would NOT have become some sort of abolitionist ninja, nor would he have taught others to fight! Also, the Philadelphia Meeting of Friends formally urged others to denounce slavery in 1754, and by 1761, a consensus had been reached that anyone who owned or...more
Evan
I wanted to like this, but it just did too much wrong. Making someone as awesome as Benjamin Lay into some kung-fu master misses the point of his legacy. Treating all slaveholders as sadistic and wholly evil men distorts what was going on at the time and why abolition wasn't more strongly supported. The setting itself belies the American Revolution's indifference and support of slavery.

Furthermore, as a superhero story, it's rather weak. Their gained powers are ill-explained, the powers' genesis...more
Christina
Very interesting historical graphic novel with a sci-fi twist. Set in Revolutionary War times, it's the story of 2 runaway slaves who are caught by William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin--who uses them in some sort of evil science experiment and leaves their bodies for dead on the riverbank. But aha! they're NOT dead! And Franklin Senior finds them and awakens them; only to discover that they have superpowers! woohoo! Plus scary glowing blue eyes, but who's counting that when they can le...more
Becky
I probably wouldn't have read this if it wasn't pressed into my hands by teen library regular Andrew "Chicken Wing" Wilson. I've never seen him read, but he said he read this in 20 minutes. I can see the appeal: a pre-Revolutionary alternate American history, in which two runaway slaves discover they have superpowers at the same time that abolitionists Ben Franklin and Benjamin Lay take them under wing (and in the case of Lay, teach them an African martial art called Dambe). Let the fighting ens...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
What do you get when you mix beloved American history, with character's who have paranormal powers? You get a dark, edgy, riveting, action packed graphic novel.

The story follows two young male slaves who are on the run. When someone tries an experiment on them, they are left with little memory and super human powers. The novel opens with some scenes from 1777, and as we journey through the novel, we will see life as it was in 1760, the start of the boy's story.

Shady deals, the fight to free slav...more
Kate
I can't remember where I heard about this one, but I am pretty sure I read several good reviews and decided to check it out. It is a quick read, that is for sure and a fun one to boot!

The story opens with two mysterious, masked ninja-type-people kicking some serious English butt during the American Revolution. The the story moves back in time to tell the story of two young slaves, Graham and Brody who escape their plantation only to become the subject of the scientific experiments of Benjamin F...more
Sean McGuire
Apr 07, 2013 Sean McGuire rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Revolutionary War fans, young readers who like superheroes and/or history
3.5 stars

This was an interestingly odd read. There's a little of something for most everyone. History? Check. Superheroes? Check. Interesting villians? Check. Many unanswered questions? Most definitely check!

I bought this book not quite sure what to expect. I'm a HUGE fan of The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale, Part 1, so I thought I'd check out this other graphic novel about the Revolutionary War. This book was better than I thought it might end up being! I'll be reading the second volu...more
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