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Independent Dames by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Mar 27, 10

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Kids will find much to pore over in this book about the women and girls of the American Revolution. Did you know that a 16-year-old girl, Sybil Ludington, rode 40 miles through the night to warn American militia about a British attack? (Paul Revere's ride was 16 miles.) Or how about "Mom" Rinker who spied on British soldiers and hid the information inside balls of yarn which she passed to the American soldiers? Ever heard of her?

If your answer is no, you should definitely pick up this book. Anderson gives brief facts about many, many women and girls who helped America win its independence in the Revolutionary War. Women spied on the British, provided food and clothing to American soldiers, and even went into battle! This is a great book to add to any unit on Women's History or the Revolutionary War.

Anderson includes a timeline of the Revolution, an author's note, and a substantial bibliography.

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