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Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution

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Step back to British-held Boston and hear the voices of citizens, militiamen, and redcoats at a turning of the tide in the American Revolution, brought to life in Roxane Orgill's deft verse.

It is the summer of 1775. The British occupy Boston and its busy harbor, holding residents captive and keeping a strong military foothold. The threat of smallpox looms, and the town is
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an ‘Advance Reading Copy’ from Candlewick Press; part of an Early Review Program sponsored by Library Thing.
As a retired school librarian, I am very familiar with the excellent offerings of Candlewick Press. The publisher is top-notch.

In 1775, the British Army occupied Boston in order to subdue and discourage the colonists.
Roxanne Orgill tells the ‘story’ of the siege in free verse/p
I won an ARC of this from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer giveaway. 3.5/5 stars

This series of short poems pieces together a lesser known part of the Revolution. Told from multiple perspectives, both known and unknown (as well as fictional), the poems will definitely give students a good impression of the atmosphere of the time. My knock is on the style of the poems themselves. They are free verse, but they lack a steady rhythm and an emotional punch I'd hoped for. Still, I'd definitely recommend t
Christopher Obert
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I liked this book very much. The book is about the British occupation of Boston during the American Revolutionary War. The book is told through a series of short poems. I was not sure how the use of poetry would work in telling this tale. However, it functioned very well. The poetry is, in my opinion, more like thoughts to ponder than poetry. I would be very interested in reading more of these types of books. Maybe one on Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor or Apollo 11.
Shauna Yusko
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Print copy did not have the same issues as the ebook. Amending my review accordingly.

Ebook layout was tough to read. I want to see the final copy. Might make good basis for readers theater?
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received a free advanced copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Written in free verse, “Siege” is interesting and creative take on telling the events that happened at the start of the war. It would be great for co-teaching the American Revolution between an English and Social Studies class. You could teach poetry through the works in the book and even have students write some of their own historical fiction poetry as they are learning
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Orgill, Roxanne Siege:How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution, 221 pages. Candlewick Press, 2018. $18. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13.

George Washington is elected to lead the troops against the British, but it is not always easy because the supplies are low and they don’t have much financial backing. When the British gain control of Boston, the rebel American troops concentrate their efforts on removing them slowly. With diseas
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the LibraryThing early reviewers program.

I didn't realize when I requested this book that it would be poetry. I don't mind poetry, but I also don't seek it out. That being said, I love when history is delivered in an unusual format. I feel like it has a better chance of reaching audiences that otherwise might not choose nonfiction or history.

I liked that many of the views expressed weren't from well-known figures from the American Rev
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher.

Today's non-fiction post is on Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution by Roxane Orgill. It is 240 pages long and is published by Candlewick Press. The over is a picture with George Washington on his horse in silhouette. The intended reader is someone who likes stories in verse and want to learn more about how the American Revolution got started. There is no foul language, no
In 1775, the British Army occupied Boston in order to subdue and discourage the colonists. At this poignant story’s beginning, told in different forms of poetry in order to give each a unique voice, George Washington (the ‘General’) was named the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, and so with a rag-tag military in disarray, little equipment (almost no cannons), he took that challenge. As the story realated, he could have refused and gone home to his beloved Mount Vernon or could
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The dramatic true events of the British siege of Boston during the Revolutionary War are recounted using free verse and poems narrated by a full cast of participants including Washington, his aide-de-camp, his slave, Henry Knox, and several soldiers. Throughout, well-chosen details paint a vivid picture. For instance, the huge task Washington was given in commanding the fledgling, unprepared American militia becomes apparent from some of the orders he issues, including that soldiers had to stop ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't aware this book was written in free verse until I picked it up to read it. I've developed a fondness for free verse stories as I've become an adult. Sadly I'm not sure I would have picked this up as a kid. But it's a fabulous telling of one of the major events leading into the American Revolution. The siege of Boston was the prelude to the 'official' start of war between the patriots and the British and as such was an important series of events in moving the country towards independence ...more
Kate H
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As time goes on in my life, I find myself drawn to history more and more. This is perhaps because I realize that I am a real living, breathing person on a timeline that will one day render me a less than fully-dimensional character. For this reason, I like how Orgill gets inside the head of these characters and makes us realize that history involves people who were put it bluntly: "just like us." Or, if not like us, then interesting in that there was more going on in their heads than d ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The summer of 1775 was rough. The British occupied Boston, and kept a stranglehold on the city, cutting the residents off from food and medical supplies, which really didn't help the smallpox situation, either. George Washington was chosen to lead the American armed forces, and expected to work miracles with almost no money and troops with no training. Author Roxanne Orgill uses verse to tell the story of how General George Washington turned the tables on the British. Beginning in the Summer of ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love books that are written in prose, but I didn’t love this book. I feel like you would have to have a large amount of prior knowledge to understand what is going on at all. The prose just came across as unfinished sentences and lists of words. The cover is amazing and that is why I picked this book up in the first place, but it’s not anything I would hand to a teen reader and expect them to enjoy or understand.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Written in free verse, this falls into a lot of cracks and I think it would be hard to find a reader for it in my library. Interesting approach to a little covered topic, but not quite what I needed.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book that I read that was written in verse. The book is a good start for someone becoming interested in the American Revolution,its a novel base on historical fact. I won this on Goodreads.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was kind of hard to under stand and hard to read.
Linda Owen
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A free verse account of a little-known early pre-Declaration battle/siege. Lots of primary sources included.
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Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer on music and the author of JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH, illustrated by Francis Vallejo (Candlewick Press). JAZZ DAY earned six starred reviews and won The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book in 2016. Orgill has written several biographies for young readers, including SKIT-SCAT RAGGEDY CAT: ELLA FITZGERALD and FOOTWORK: THE STO ...more