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League of American Traitors

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .

When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict A
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Published August 8th 2017 by Sky Pony
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Dayle (the literary llama)
RATING: ★★☆☆☆ / 2 Wanted-to-Like-it-but-Didn't Stars

REVIEW: I received this book from Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review.

In general, I loved the idea for this book. The notion that the descendants of America's most famous and infamous figures are still embroiled in a war of duels and intrigue is a solid place to start. I want to know more. I want to read the heck out of that idea. Unfortunately the details and execution didn't add up to a winning book for me.

Mar 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
*breaks down the door*

Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
“Deception is our only ally now.”

This was a really fun take on American History. There was a lot of humor and action, with a big cast of characters. We follow Jasper Mansfield, the last living descendant of Benedict Arnold, as he’s brought into a world where the families of American heroes and traitors still battle it out. Jasper learns more about his history as he tries to change his future in this quick and engaging read.

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There was some really great action
Bunny theshybooks
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis
Release Date | August 8th 2017
Amazon Publishing | Skypony Press
My Rating | 3.75

Review | Spoil Free

I was sent an ARC of this book from the lovely people over at Skypony Press! I was super excited when they sent me a copy because it is said to be a mashup between Hamilton and National Treasure!

“A fun story that twist history and conspiracy into a tale of friendship and danger!”

I had a lot of different feelings about this book! I liked it but at the same
Trisa (Absolute Bookishness)
I received a free copy of League of American Traitors as part of the FFBC Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.

Enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog, Absolute Bookishness. (Ends 8/11/2017.)

Seventeen-year-old Jasper and his father, James, weren’t on the best of terms. Still, despite years of neglect, strange behavior, and drunken bouts, his father’s sudden death comes as a surprise. As does a strange presence at his father’s funeral, a man claiming to know James. But Jasper quickly dismisses him a
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh, how I wanted to love League of American Traitors. It had such a promising premise but the execution just didn’t work for me. While it’s a quick read that definitely has it’s fun moments, there just didn’t anything that makes it stand out among the many other young adult novels available these days.

From the very beginning of the book, I had issues with the plot. Everything was just so unbelievable. I’m sure there are many descendants of American heroes and traitors but for them to get togethe
Les Joseph
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 action packed stars!*

Who knew a history lesson could be SO MUCH FUN?!?! Matthew Landis has written one hell of a roller coaster ride of awesome that's for sure. A brilliant mix of past and present blended with humor and life or death situations made League of American Traitors one the best books I've read this summer. Sure you have to suspend belief a little, but not THAT much. Jasper, Nora, Sheldon, Cyrus, Byron and the rest are all just wonderfully developed (barring the mystery that of c
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think my very limited knowledge of American Revolution and History contributes to why I didn't enjoy this book so much. It's not boring, mind you, but I felt just so uninterested with the book.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

I wanted to like this book. I think the author has frankly created a brilliant premise, which deserves to be explored.

Unfortunately, the absurd writing and characterizations make the book tedious, and close to impossible to read. Whomever edited this book did Landis an extreme disservice, by not recommending another pass. I bought the book on Tuesday, and am I'm still trying to dig my way through it.

There are:

* Disjoined paragraphs

There's a paragraph where the character watches someone w
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
The cover is obviously very political. Which begs the question, will I like this?
For once a title change that I actually kind of like: The Judas Society ----> The League of American Traitors
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I'm down with this
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sky Pony Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Jasper has just buried his father when a strange man approaches him about his father's will. Jasper figures there isn't anything worthwhile and blows the guys off. A few days later the brakes on his car fail and he ends up in the river. A woman saves him, but then they start torturing him asking him questions about IT, whatever it is.

Jasper has no clue but when Cyrus saves him from the woman and her pa
Jessi ♡
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
while i don't particularly care about USA history, the premise of secret societies pulled me in. it was interesting enough, and it began action packed, except at some point it became too mellow for me.
Allison Imdorf Burrell
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great mix of history and adventure, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I know my middle grade students will, too!
Sara Vessichelli
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really well written. I enjoyed the storyline even though I'm not a super big fan of American history. Nora was my favorite character. I especially loved the epilogue.
Paige Green
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Contemporary?

Recommended Age: 14+ (violence and suicide/mental illness issues were present, and gun play)


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Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s ri
Belle Coupland
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

What if it doesn't take a professional historian to unearth one of our nation's biggest secrets? What if it just takes a seventeen-year-old boy with a devastating fate to dig up the secret that would change the way we think about our founding fathers? What I loved most about this book was that it was written by an eighth-grade social studies teacher who clearly has a passion for bringing history to l
Ashley Tidwell
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
I wanted to love this book and just no... The concept is awesome, I love National Treasure and Hamilton and it's blurred as a mix of both and it just didn't deliver. Jasper was an okay main character but he's the only one with close to a personality. The guns got way more time than any of the side characters and it felt really unnecessary. Also there was a lot of violence that just didn't make a lot of sense. You had 2 girls Lacy the girly girly all the guys love kinda I guess, then Nora the coo ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Jasper is orphaned after the mysterious death of his father. At the funeral he is approached by a lawyer who wants to discuss his father’s inheritance: not money, but a matter of life and death. Given that his father was very absent, Jasper is not interested. Trying to escape the inevitability of foster care, Jasper sells everything in his house and runs away, but the brakes on his vehicle don’t work and Jasper ends up running off the road into a lake. He is quickly rescued by an ambulance that ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
When Jasper is approached by a mysterious solicitor after his absent father's funeral, he has no desire to hear what he has to say. A week later, though, he finds himself being attacked by random "paramedics." Saved by the same mysterious man from the funeral, Jasper is forced to discover that he's the sole remaining descendant of Benedict Arnold and that he's now part of a centuries-long feud between the True Sons of Liberty and those who have acted as traitors to the nation. Now faced with the ...more
Kelsey Wheeler
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really not a big fan of history, but Matthew Landis has made learning a little about it fun. I really enjoyed all the mentions of the different historical figures. League of American Traitors is a roller coaster ride that’s for sure. A mix of past and present. I loved the main characters sense of humor. He also had great sarcasm. The writing is all around both humorous and serious.

Every character in this book is defined by what their ancestor did and for some, like the True Sons of Liberty,
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3 & 1/2 stars


"We all die, Jasper. The question is, what will we die pursuing, and is that cause worthy of our lives?"

This was an interesting story. The first half was a little dull to get into but once it picked up it really got interesting. I love historical fiction so much but, American history doesn't excite me that much. Matthew Landis really got me interested in the topic though. I never thought I would enjoy reading about the American Revolution as much as I did. The cast of ch
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is much more intriguing than its actual execution. Jasper is the descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. After the death of both of his parents, Jasper learns that there is more to his world than he ever knew. He learns that for hundreds of years, the descendants of both the heroes and villains from American history have been on opposing sides. The heroes' descendants, who call themselves the Sons of Liberty, challenge the descendan ...more
Bret Applequist
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
League of American Traitors is a wonderful read, especially for its intended audience. I suggest keeping that in mind as you read. Too often, as book lovers, we lose sight of this. It is easy to interpret the author’s relational personality as you read. As stated in the back of his book, Matthew Landis is a middle school educator, and that comes through in his first novel. Relevant characters, witty sarcasm, and dry humor play a big part in making this tale an exciting read. I felt that Matthew ...more
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Jaina Rose
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Okay, let me start by getting rid of the elephant in the room: Hamilton. I have actually never seen Hamilton (or listened to its full soundtrack), but I know enough about the musical to hazard a pretty good guess that League of American Traitors is nothing like it. Sure, the book's got some mentions of Revolutionary War-era historical figures, but they're definitely not the focus of the book. Instead, League of American Traitors is basical
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: wish-list
This book combined so many things that I absolutely love and I couldn't help but be excited about reading it. I am such a fan of historical mysteries and one involving traitors and the American Revolution is so completely up my alley. And this was definitely a good read but it didn't totally blow me away.

One thing I really liked about League of American Traitors is that it is an extremely plot-driven book. It's a much more thrilling and action-packed book than I expected. There is a lot of tensi
Jennifer Mays
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 11-20
Seventeen year old Jasper Mansfield is used to traitors. His father abandoned his mother and him, and now that he's dead, Jasper couldn't care less. But then, a mysterious stranger comes to meet him at his father's funeral and tells him about his infamous American legacy: Jasper is the sole surviving descendant of the American traitor Benedict Arnold. Jasper is in the mist of a war between the heroes and traitors of American history that has been going on for centuries. One in which the descenda ...more
What an exciting historical fiction novel! I remember reading that League of American Traitors was a mash up between National Treasure and Hamilton, and it was just that! I couldn’t have been happier, as I am an avid National Treasure fan! I like history more and more as I’m experiencing it through these types of novels specifically. This was the first historical fiction novel that I read that wasn’t WWII based, so I was a little nervous to give it a shot, but I am so glad I did. I loved Jasper! ...more
Max Baker
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelwiess for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

I read to have fun. Sure, I can appreciate a super deep and artistic book/super sad and emotional book, but above all else I just want to have fun. I want to smile and enjoy the experience regardless of genre or type of story. League of American Traitors is exactly like that. It's fun, it's face paced, and its incredibly well researched.

I really appreciate when authors use their expertise to write something u
Logan LeDuc
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
My full review can be found at

I was sent a finished copy from the wonderful people over at Sky Pony Press.

The moment I saw a Hamilton/National Treasure crossover, I knew I was going to fall in love with the idea of this book. And I did. But unfortunately the way the idea was presented truly missed the mark.

The idea of the ancestors of American traitors being targeted by the ancestors of American heroes was an absolutely stellar idea and I was so excited to give this book
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Matthew Landis teaches middle school history outside Philadelphia, where he seeks to make the past come alive in not-boring ways. He is a closet HALO fan, and can sometimes be found reading novels adapted from that video game. He is blessed with an amazing wife and two kids, and hopes to one day write a book that moves people like Lev Grossman, Jo Nesbo, Sharon Creech, Patrick Ness, or Ron Rash ha ...more

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