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A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Vivid black and white photographs and background details add to the compelling wartime memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, a fifteen-year-old Connecticut farm boy who enlisted in the revolutionary army in the summer of 1776.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Clarion Books
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Sylvia McIvers
This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud.
We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then.

The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint in the army, and re-enlists for the full war.

Questions spawned by the book:
Joseph in NY lived on his family's farm. Were there a lot of farms in NY?

Didn't the army give the soldiers uniforms?
Why didn't the Britis
Cheryl Gatling
Joseph Plumb Martin joined the American Continental Army at 15. He continued fighting until the war ended, when he was 22. As a boon to historians, he managed to be at many of the critical battles of the war: Long Island, the long winter at Valley Forge, the Battles of Monmouth and Yorktown. And he wrote about his experiences.

This book is a distillation of the best quotes from that book, with the addition of a little background to put it in perspective for the young contemporary reader, and lots
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Revolutionary history buffs
Shelves: non-fiction
A vivid account, much of it first-hand, that shatters the illusions that I, at least, was taught about the Revolutionary War. Joseph Martin was 14 when he marched off to war from his grandparents' home in Milford, Connecticut, eager to join what he was sure would be a monumental experience. Unfortunately, the Continental soldiers and their leader, George Washington, were inexperienced and poorly equipped to meet the larger British army. During most of his years in the service Joseph and his outf ...more
Amanda Delegram
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: eced-221
Summary: Joseph was a young teen who set off to war his experiences help paint a picture of what happened during the war from a common soldiers point of view. He is good at leaving not details out good or bad and has no problem admitting his own failures.

Critique: The story uses a lot of dates which could be looked up for accuracy. So I would say that the book is very accurate. It is very well organized and easy to understand. The information is presented very well. The information is very inte
I'm a big fan of Jim Murphy and was not disappointed. This is the most accessible yet descriptive account of the American Revolutionary War I have read (though not being a history buff, that's not saying much). This will be great as a content-area (nonfiction) read aloud or to use excerpts for teaching close reading. I found the descriptions of the difficulties soldiers faced both during and after the war quite powerful, especially in comparison to the romanticized representations in popular ima ...more
April Helms
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
A nice compare and contrast with "No Man's Land." Again, we have a good historical book centered on a boy, 15 this time, who went to fight in the Revolutionary War. "No Man's Land" was more historical fiction, but this uses a lot of maps, old cartoons and images, plus quotes from several sources to tell the story of Joseph Plumb Martin. "A Young Patriot" takes the reader through pretty much the entire war. Murphy does an excellent job of showing the horrible conditions those men and boys had to ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a brief history and appreciation of the revolutionary war. The one thing I didn't like was that the book jumped in with no introduction of who Joseph was. So the only introduction you get is from the title of the book, but it explains who he is in the last chapter so I guess that's good enough.
It is a war story. It has mostly quotations from a young soldier who fought the American Revolutionary war. He suffered starving and freezing. Wars are so bad and we have to solve any problems without violence.
Tommy Kennedy
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a great example of what it would really be like to be in the american revolution.
It was a very informative story about a young adult who survived the american revolution. It was great.
Ma'lis Wendt
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The story of the American Revolution as seen by the experiences of Joseph Plumb Martin, a young Connecticut soldier. I learned more about the progess of the Revolutionary War from this short book than I had ever learned before.
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An American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce ...more
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