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Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  61 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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Amy Holland
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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
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
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
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. ...more
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
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. ...more
Laura Phelps
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, possiblemsba2016
A very intense and personal meditation on the terror and trauma of war.
Ahmad Al
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Noah daniels, a sixteen year old boy controlled by his mom, expecting to be the man of the house, but instead is weakened and angered by a crushed foot, which limits him from fighting in George Washington's army, which also leads to him getting wounded, which is probably the reason the name of the book is “Scar”, while wounded he sees a wounded Indian soldier, after he beats the man, he feels remorse and starts helping him and feeding him, while beating him he realized something, he realized the ...more
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Title: Scar
Author: J. Albert Mann
Pages: 144
Lexile level: 780
Recommendations & Comments:
___5 out of 5 stars

Recommendations: Set during the Revolutionary War, Scar, by J. Albert Mann, chronicles the life of teenager Noah Daniels who joins the militia after a violent attack on his settlement. Not long after, Noah is seriously wounded during the battle of Minisink, and finds himself laying near another wounded boy close to his own age – an Iroquois soldier allied with the British. Noah befriends the
Natalie Phister
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
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck this book; fuck ...more
Carolyn O'Neil
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
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy old history
Recommended to TrAvIs by: no one
I really did not enjoy this book because it was more for people who enjoy the life of a farm boy instead of someone in the war. the book is not that much about Scar an Indian boy who was shot and was stuck in mud it it more about Noah the main characters past and going into the war and fighting Indians not so much as Noah and Scar surviving the night it is more about Noah going to sleep and dreaming about his past and remembering how he got there
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. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book to memorialize a little-known incident during the American Revolution! I enjoyed this book a lot. I was previewing it for our middle school classes. Sadly, it is a bit too short for our purposes, but I will still recommend that the library purchase it, and I'd still tell students about it. What a great read! ...more
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.
Mahen Bitkuri
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was very sad because there were many wars and blood. I rated it a four out of five stars because it was what I wanted in a book. Suspense, thriller, and here and there included horror.
Tara Ethridge
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I am always on the lookout for good middle-grade historical fiction, and this one has the intensity of war that many kids like. Based on an actual battle in the revolutionary war. I liked this book but wished I loved it.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A well researched revolutionary war story that centers on the battle of Minisink Ford. Does a good job of bringing the time period and day to day lives of colonial citizens to life, in quite a short book. Not all that fast paced, but a solid read.
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.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An easy, well-researched read that tells the story of the Battle of Minisink from a relatable point of view.
Mrs. Woods
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 starts
Ahmad Nikzad
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good book.It talked about what also is happening outside the war war, example: It talked about the covenant chain.
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Scar did not really make sense because when he was with the native american he started telling random stories
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J. Albert Mann is a disability activist, an award-winning poet and the author of eight published novels for children. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is the Partner Liaison for the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. She lives on a little fishing boat in the Boston Harbor with her first mate, Marcella, a ginger tabby.

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