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The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
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Jun 01, 12

Read from May 24 to June 01, 2012

I picked this book because it is a YALSA non-fiction book and also a biography. At first I had a bit of skepticism about reading this biography. First this isn't my type of read and I was expecting it to be a long boring story. This book is not at all I expected. It would be most appropriate for the teenage ages of 15-18. It is hard to believe that Benedict Arnold would be an actual American Revolutionary War hero if only he had died at the Battle of Saratoga and had not committed treason against General George Washington and his own country the United States.

Benedict Arnold went through many adventures during his war years. He was good to his soldiers, highly respected, and a hard, brave war-man. He was quite the handsome man, married twice and had two sons with his first wife who died at the age of 30 (death unknown). His later wife Peggy also graced him with a 3rd son. Arnold had no trouble keeping his women loyal to him right up until the end. Arnold's left leg was wounded in battle and almost took him out of being a soldier altogether, but he was no quitter, he continued to battle all the way until the end.
Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes/maps, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale. I'm so glad this was a biography I chose to read.
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Cara I felt the same way about the book, so glad you enjoyed it too. I think the storytelling format of the book is a great way to hook young readers into biographies, especially those they wouldn't normally choose.


Leigh Isley I agree and very interesting!


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