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One Dead Spy

(Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,226 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Hillary Yes! I checked it out for my kids but sat down and read the whole thing. It's funny, and I learned way more than I was expecting to.…moreYes! I checked it out for my kids but sat down and read the whole thing. It's funny, and I learned way more than I was expecting to.(less)

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Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As unlucky spy Nathan Hale awaits his hanging, he bravely faces the hangman and says, "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Then he is swallowed by a giant US History book. What? You don't know that part? Huh.

Nathan Hale then regales the hangman with the story of his life, his part in the Revolutionary War, and the failed secret mission that resulted in his capture. It's fantastic. Not only is this an amazing story: war! spywork! colorful characters who really lived! but Na
Barb Middleton
The first read aloud I did with a graphic novel left me baffled after a few pages. I sputtered in front of the class, "Huh? That text didn't make any sense." A few grade 4 students laughed and one said, "You don't read it like a book Mrs. Middleton." "How do I read it?" I asked. "The square and circle speech bubbles are two different people talking and the pink means Babymouse [the protagonist] is dreaming." "Ohhhhh! Brilliant! I get it now!" We laughed together and I started over noticing a few ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Nathan Hale (the patriot) is standing at the gallows awaiting his execution, and recalls his part in the Revolutionary War as well as many others. A colorful graphic novel, which may be an effective way of teaching history to those that would otherwise not be interested.

P.S. The hangman seemed awfully simple to me. I hope this is not a trope used by author Nathan Hale in future books.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I found the hanging orders. Did i miss anything? " ...more
Hyunho S
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Round The World in Eighty Days is about the men who are wealthy, make deal for most of his money to all the way round the world in eighty day.
The men’s name is Pillieoseu Pogeu and he is like robot he is living same every single day.At first country India they met the hyeongsa Fix who think they are bank thief by Misunderstanding.And they save Aude who was go to kill by peoples.Then Aude followed Pogeu, and hyeongsa Fix is kep track them to most country they went.
When they went to the U.S. they
L. McCoy
Oh my gosh... As a bit of a history buff and a major comic fan who's really into the Revolutionary War I was so looking forward to this. What a disappointment. It's definitely snarky review time.

Hale (the author) takes a story that could be interesting but tells it in such a boring and terribly executed way. So we have the spy, Nathan Hale, who is about to be hanged tell the story to a hangman and a redcoat as they unfunnily break the fourth wall, argue, ask questions and tell the story in a hor
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I enjoy this type of children's historical graphic novel/biography and have appreciated Hale's artwork in other books.

This was so much more than I had expected it to be. It simply was brilliant and an excellent read all round. Nathan Hale (writer) has done for American History what Rick Geary has done for 19th century crime. The two series are admirably similar in their focus and format bringing more information to the table on exciting events from the past through a totally
This graphic novel/history book is aimed at tween boys. Panel comics illustrate the end of the life of Revolutionary War Patriot and spy Nathan Hale. Nathan Hale is best known for his famous last words "I regret that I have but one life to live for my country." Other than that, he's a footnote to history. Now, thanks to writer/illustrator Nathan Hale (born in 1976), he comes to life. The spy Nathan Hale is about to be executed by the British. The noose is lowered around his neck and... a giant b ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Would someone please explain to me why well-researched & factual yet humorous & mildly irreverent history-lesson-as-comic-series didn't become a "thing" until just ten minutes ago? Sure, as a weird, nerdy kid obsessed with history & reading from Day One, I had no problem finding some things to enjoy in my childhood experience, but THIS? I would have owned every single one, had one of the shelves in my bookcase devoted to them, & would have awaited the arrival of each new volume with the twitchy ...more
Author/illustrator Hale brings his namesake to life on the platform of a gallows. The frame tale includes three characters: Hale (the sympathetic narrator), a hangman (a buffoon loaning comic relief) and a British soldier (arrogant and angry). Hale has the added foresight of knowing the outcome of the Revolutionary War, having been consumed by a giant history book in the first few pages.

There, the historical figure Nathan Hale recounts events of the American Revolution that involved him directl
Margaret Carpenter
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just being honest here.... I read this book because I got way deep in a webcomic about the revolution and Nathan Hale died in it and I may have shed a tear or six and so I stole my little brother's comics and...

Yes. This happened.
And as far as kids books go for entertaining other demographics ("a children's book that can only be enjoyed by children isn't a very good children's book at all" cough cough jack lewis) this one was very creative. Like, very creative. I'm still hung up on the part wh
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got to hear Nathan Hale speak at ULA this year - he doodled drawings while he spoke and it was absolutely hilarious. He has a great thing going with his Hazardous Tales graphic novels. They are funny and they teach history at the same time. I wish I would have had access to these when I was younger. I will definitely recommend them to my kids when they are a little older. This one is great because it is about Captain Nathan Hale from the Revolutionary War - you know the one who said "I regret ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nathan Hale was a spy for the Continental/George Washington's Army. He was not a very good one though. At the beginning he tells the hangman and the General that were going to hang him (he got caught), his last words. Then, out of nowhere, a giant book appears and shows the general and the hangman his stories through the war and how he got caught as a spy. He gets hanged in the end however. ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a really fun approach to telling history! Every middle school history teacher should have it in their classroom. Even my husband--who is not a voracious reader--loved it. He finished before me! I look forward to reading more in the series.
Chantele Sedgwick
What a fun way to introduce United States History to young readers! I loved it and will definitely be checking out the rest AND handing these to my kids. If your kids (or you) like graphic novels, check these out. Fun and educational as well.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that fact. You could join Revolutionary War re-enactors on a regular basis and field unceasing questions about whether or not that is your real name. You could start writing historical fan fiction or fun alternative histories. Or you could follow in the footsteps of one Nathan Hale and write the number one funniest and best-written history-based graphic novel series on bookshelves tod ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought one of the books in this series for my nephew from his Christmas wishlist, and after hearing more about it from my brother, I thought I’d check it out. It seems an effective way to get young readers interested in history. The graphic format, with 2-color (Black & white plus red)comic-style art, makes for quick reading, and there’s humor and dashes of excitement throughout. The style of the cart is simple and cartoonish, which is a plus for the middle-grade target reader. I suspect that ...more
A great introduction to the early years of the Revolutionary War and some of its key figures for middle grades readers. I’d say 3rd grade and up for the violence, mild swearing and attitudes. I enjoyed the contemporary graphic novel style of American spy Nathan Hale narrating what’s happened up to his death in September 1776 from the gallows, to the audience of his hangman and a British officer. It’s better than I’m making it sound - it’s well-researched, but fun for kids. I’d read more in the s ...more
Colin King
It was an awesome book!!!
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i loved it it was so funny 😂 i like the part well every part actually!!!
Noe Avila
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
***SPOILER ALERT*** Have you ever thought spies could be bad at their job? well this spy was so bad he died. The genre of the book is historical fiction. My honest opinion is I didn't like the book that much. But I didn't hate it also.

First lets start with the setting. The setting of the story was the thirteen colonies in America. In the beginning they want to execute Nathan Hale for spying. But the hangman and solider wondered why he was spying. So Nathan told them how it all started and ab
Kristin Fletcher-spear
So I'm no history buff. Really I'm not. I vaguely knew that Hale had famous last words ("I regret that I have but one life to give for my country"), but I didn't know anything else. In all honesty I picked up the graphic novel for a few reasons:
1)It's a graphic novel and I enjoy reading them.
2)I enjoyed Nathan Hale's other work.
3)The author has the same name as the historical character. This actually might have been the #1 reason I picked it up.

Anyway, for those of you who don't know Nathan Hal
Leela Quiroz

Have you ever seen a man get eaten by a book? well to be exact the book of history. Well in this book you can see that happen but he get spitted back out, but someone incredible happened while he was in there.
This book is a graphic novel, it has pictures and tells a great story about the wars that took place and went down in history.
I personally liked this book, even if it's a graphic novel it still shows what happened in world war 1, and the Boston tea party, and how the
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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I love learning about history, which honestly is something I never thought I’d hear myself say. More specifically, I love hearing the personal stories, the personal accounts, seeing photographs, reading their correspondence. These stories make history come alive for me, to hear of these real people who lived through historical events – and those who didn’t.
In this graphic novel, Nathan Hale the author tells us the story of Nathan Hale the American spy in the Revolutionary War. (And no, there’s n
Joseph R.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Most every American can recognize the line "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country" as the final words of Nathan Hale, an American spy hung in 1776 during the American War of Independence. Any other details about his life are vague at best. This small book (written by another Nathan Hale who was born in 1976) fills in a lot of the details, especially his service during the war, in a way that's entertaining and engaging for children and adults alike. The book is a graphic novel ...more
It took me longer to read this book than it should have. Not because it was a bad book. But because when I took the book home, my 8-year-old nephew took the book and wouldn’t give it back until he had finished reading it. Then and only then would he allow me to read it.

In Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the spy from the Revolutionary War that was hung, not the Nathan Hale that is the author/illustrator) tells about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. Specifically such details as
Kellee Moye
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm loving this new trend of nonfiction graphic novels. I think that it will really help get more students reading nonfiction.

Nathan Hale, the author illustrator who was born in 1976, tells us the story of Nathan Hale, the American Revolutionary spy who died in 1776, in a fun, humorous yet informative way in this new graphic novel. What makes this informational graphic novel the most unique, I believ
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know it might seem odd to give 5 stars to a children's book, but I am giving five stars because I liked how the author, himself named Nathan Hale, explained the creative licenses he took with the story. He included a list of his resources and a page where he explains why he chose to draw the spy, Nathan Hale in certain instances of his life. He also includes some of Henry Knox's story, and explains that those two men were often in the same areas at the same time in the War so it made sense to ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
Amulet Books, 2012
Graphic Novel: Historical Fiction
128 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8

WOW! Go, buy it now. Especially go buy it now if you teach history. Let's start adding engaging books like this to our classroom libraries so that American history isn't so blah, and heavy on names and dates but laking those faces and people to really attach meaning and understanding to. I don't care if that sentence was a mess, I'm pretty passionate about this book/series!

Nathan Hale
Elissa Schaeffer
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I admit it, I hesitated on this. I considered buying it for my library, but thought maybe it would be better for the teen collection rather than children's. But the reviews all pointed to "Great!" so I bought it. And I am SO GLAD I did! It really is for middle grade, not necessarily teens but I have no doubt that teens would enjoy it.

Upon saying his last words to the hangman, Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale is swallowed up by...wait for it...The Big Huge Book of American History. He steps back
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Nathan Hale is the New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of the Hazardous Tales series, as well as many picture books including Yellowbelly and Plum go to School, the Twelve Bots of Christmas and The Devil You Know.

He is the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaur

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