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Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  131 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington’s Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family’s hard scrabble farm in Upstate New York—until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Calkins Creek
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Carol Baldwin
Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels is a patriot with a problem. Lame since childhood, Noah wants nothing more than to take arms up against the British as his father did. But his childhood injury holds him back--both mentally and physically--until the day in which all of his abilities are tested and proved.

SCAR: A Revolutionary Tale (Calkins Creek, 2016), J. Albert Mann's first young adult historical novel, is short but powerful. Spanning the course of just three days, Mann artfully alternates betwee
Elise Henrichsen
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Scar. A healed wound...Do the wounds of war ever heal, leaving only a scar where we once bled?" That's an excellent question, and it's one to keep in mind when we study history and look back at the conflicts of the past. In this well-written piece of historical fiction, Mann shows just one skirmish from the American Revolutionary War, but she makes it very real to readers. The story takes place over the course of four days in July 1779, near the settlement of Minisink (near present day Deerpark ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I wonder who we will be chasing, the men of flint or the eaters or men?”

A compelling coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Battle of Minisink in northern New York during the summer of 1779, SCAR: A REVOLUTIONARY WAR TALE is a beautifully written YA historical novel that spans three crucial days in the young life of 16-year-old Noah.

The Revolutionary War is underway and Noah yearns to fight with the Patriots against the British army, but a lame foot and an unwilling mother have be
Stephanie Molnar
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This book was so touching--it is one of the few books I've read that have made me cry. The jumps in time flow naturally and afford the reader the chance to see how one moment in the past effects one moment in the present. Beautifully written book that I could definitely see myself reading again. Also, don't let the fact that it's a "children's book" deter you from reading it. The subject matter keeps this book mature and does not shield the reader from the horrors of war.
Sarah Ann
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any class studying the Revolutionary War. J. Albert Mann's "Scar" sheds light onto the impact the Revolutionary War had on small colonial settlements. Come to deeply understand their patriotism, passion and their heartaches over the lives lost to the war.
Great Books
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-15-18
In this gripping Revolutionary War tale, a crippled boy joins the militia to fight the Mohawk Indians that have just burned down his settlement. Deep in the woods under siege two enemies meet and a story of honor and courage unfolds. Reviewer 25
Laura Phelps
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2016, ya
A very intense and personal meditation on the terror and trauma of war.
Natalie Phister
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Scar is about a 16-year-old boy who lives in Revolutionary War era New England. After a raid on his settlement, he decides to join a militia bent on seeking revenge for the lives lost and homes burned. Despite his crippled foot and the certain disapproval of his mother, Noah Daniels sets out with the men and learns what war is really like. Turns out it's not the glorious endeavor his father had made it out to be. It's a nightmare. After the fighting, he comes across a dy
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"It's not that the fight is worth your life, it's that your life is worthless if you do not fight."

Wow. Super well researched, moving story about a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a good man. And what happens when that desire comes at a time of war...? There's only one thing for it -- he's off to fight. Noah is an endearing main character, and his connection with the injured young Mohawk Scar is a beautiful interlude in the midst of a brutal war. I really enjoyed reading about the wa
Stuart Chandler
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scar is a work of historical fiction based on the Battle of Minisink during the American Revolution. Noah, a young man whose family wants freedom for his colonial family, finds himself shot and next to a young Mohawk boy who was also shot while fighting as an ally to the English. The book unfolds by going back and forth in time to explain a three-day time period where different conflicts bring the two boys together as dying soldiers. In the course of these three days, each of the boys find thems ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-68
Short but compassionate, realistic story that tells of the cruelties and horrors of war during the American Revolution. A young patriot, Noah is caught in the battle of Minisink in upstate New York. Coming upon a gravely wounded young Mohawk, he tries to save him. Flashbacks tell of Noah's own ordeals. The story is based of real people and actual events.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction based on the Battle of Minisink during the Revolutionary War gives life and shows the possibility of love and compassion to the harsh realities of colonial life and the horrors of war.
Sarah Gebreyes
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was okay... kind of left me hanging.
Giovanna Forsyth
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dark read, but well-written. Very short revolutionary war novella. Would maybe be good for in class reading because of its brevity, but strength of subject.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic story but I feel like it was cut short. I suppose this is how it truly was during the revolution.
Zach Koenig
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Warning: This review will contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk!)

According to legend, the body of a young colonial soldier was found buried in traditional Native American style at the Battle of Minisink in July of 1779. What J. Albert Mann does in “Scar” is weave a historical fiction tale about what that young man may have been like, and how he ended up in
that grave.

“Scar” begins with a scenario in which a young man, Noah Daniels, fights off an Indian warrior, leaving them both severe
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
short, brutal. it would be interesting to give this to a kid who reads a lot of "war stories" - you know, stories about courage and bravery in the face of mortal danger. this is not that kind of war story. I wonder about the Native American content because I always do. gr. 6+
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an excellent story for students who enjoy reading about war or learning about how war effects "civilians".
Valerie McEnroe
There aren't enough children's books on the American Revolution, so it's good to see a new one on the shelves. I liked this one, just not as much as Woods Runner or My Brother Sam is Dead. The interesting thing about this book is that it starts in the present, then goes back a few days, and works forward to the present.

When the story opens (and it's a short one), 16-year-old Noah is wounded in the woods and stumbles upon a wounded indian. At first he's angry, but then he feels compelled to he
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Scar grips the reader from the very first sentence, focusing on 16-year-old Noah who has recently joined the Continental Army. From the beginning, Noah is physically stuck in the midst of a battle between the Mohawk Indians and the British who share the Iroquois Confederacy alliance, against the Continental Army. During the summer of 1779, the few patriots remaining in their little community are being beaten down severely. Noah whose club foot makes walking difficult, soon discovers a suffering ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story. First, FYI this is based on an event that really happened. A young teenager's skeleton/body was found decorated by Native American items. There had been a battle and many people had died but this body was found in this way. Scar is the author's idea of what may have happened and it is a sad but beautiful idea. Noah is a white farmer who is not a fighter. He had an accident as a child that left him unable to join the army. So he stays with his mother and protects his family ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of Avi's The Fighting Ground, Scar is a well-written story about a couple of days in a young boy's life surrounding an attack on his home by Mohawks. The author uses flashbacks and flashforwards to slowly give the reader the pieces of the puzzle. This book is not for the faint of heart and gives accurate descriptions about what really happened during the war. The author is not overly graphic, but paints a true picture of loss and heartbreak. Readers must infer about what happens to N ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
"Scar" is a grim depiction of the actualities of war vs. romantic ideals about it. No happy ending here, but two teen-ages boys, one an American colonist and the other a Mohawk, overcome battle wounds, language and culture barriers, mistrust of the other, to experience each other's humanity as they languish in the woods. The storytelling is good - back and forth in time rather than a straight linear progression. It was a riveting read.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day. Because this book is one of the best that I have read in a very long time. I could not put down this book. I do warn you though, the ending is emotional. At least for me. I cried, and I truly didn't expect to. I particularly love how this story is based off of something that actually happened, how the author wrote their own version of something that no one really knows about.
Dani Paiz
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book relays a small nugget of Revolutionary War history, that is rarely discussed. The author seemed to put in a lot of research of this battle and several characters in the book are based on real people. The book is quick read, and could be a nice jumping off point for discussing the morality of war. The main character ends up in a situation with the enemy where they are both mortally wounded and they soon become each other's only comfort.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible account of a 16 year old boy with a lame foot during the time of the American Revolution. When his settlement is attacked by Joseph Brant and his men and two boys are taken, Noah decides to join the militia to help find them. It turns out to be one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution. Towards the end of the battle Noah befriends one of the enemies, a nameless Mohawk boy, during his last hours. Good for grades 5 - adult.
Not sure how I felt about this book. I really enjoyed the parts leading up to Noah joining with the militia, but considering how short this book is that wasn't much. I didn't see the point in having Scar around as a character really... I think the bottom line for me with this book is I obviously enjoyed it on some level because I finished it but I didn't really see the point of it.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great example of a story that describes a minor battle in Revolutionary War history by allowing the reader to fully understand the characters as if it were an epic novel. I enjoyed it, although it moved a bit slow at times and I was personally disappointed with the ending, although it made sense.
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J. Albert Mann is the author of the “Sunny Sweet” series, a humorous and quirky set of middle grade stories published by Bloomsbury Children’s USA, as well as "SCAR," a historical fiction novel set during the Revolutionary War published by Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek. Jennifer’s short stories have been published by Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights for Children Fiction Cont ...more
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