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Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider

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Acclaimed biographer Jean Fritz writes the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most influential and fascinating founding fathers, and his untimely death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

Born in the British West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an "outsider." He fought in the Revolution and became Washington's most valuable aidede- camp. He was there w
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Saleh MoonWalker
جین فریتز با سبک معمول نوشتاریش، زندگی الکساندر همیلتون رو بررسی میکنه. با تراژدی های که در کودکیش داشت، به جرج واشینگتن ملحق میشه و مقابل بریتانیایی ها میجنگه. مراحل زندگیش رو تا قبل از مرگش نشون میده و آخرش هم نشون میده که حتی بعد از مرگش هم دست آورد داشته. نثرش ساده و کاملا روانه و سریع هم پیش میره.
Tiana Nguyen
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really great. I liked the way the author, Jean Fritz, writes. It made the story interesting. I couldn't put the book down at some parts and was sad that I could not read the whole book in a day. I have never actually cared too much about Alexander Hamilton or biographies, but reading this make me want to read these kind of books more. Alexander Hamilton's life was pretty difficult. Very different than what I expected. In conclusion, this was a awesome book and I am excited to read ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, 2016
A much quicker to read biography of Alexander Hamilton than Chernov's. ;) I was curious, though, what was thought to be most important for kids to know and what details I could see that differed from the musical. Overall, it was very interesting--I haven't done much reading about the Revolutionary War in the last ten years or so, and it was interesting to see what came back to me. I do want to learn some more.

Things of note:
--His half brother was an ass, and I wonder if they ran into each other
Inhabiting Books
When I saw this book sitting on the "New Children's Books" table at our library, I snatched it up for 3 reasons (well, 4 reasons, but the fourth reason was purely fluff):

- It was written by Jean Fritz, one of my favorite historical writers.
- It is about a man who definitely deserves to not be forgotten, but is not much mentioned beyond a line or two in primary and middle school history books. Alexander Hamilton was an honest, passionate man who played an integral role in how the economic system
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
OK so this is hard to rate because obviously I'm mentally comparing it to Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, and that is an 800-page biography for adults, and this is a 1oo-page biography for children. BUT, I still feel like it's fair for me to say that this is leaving out some of the most interesting parts. Like, obviously this isn't going to go into the kind of detail about dueling and the code duello that Chernow did, but I feel like it's pretty important to understand how dueling works, and also ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
In her usual fashion with engaging text based on research, Jean Fritz brings to life another wonderful man from the colonial period--Alexander Hamilton. Having endured several losses as a child, Hamilton joins George Washington in the nation-to-be's fight against the British. Fritz relies on some of Hamilton's actual words to make readers feel as though they are right by his side, and she has a clever way of making great men seem more human as she describes the foibles of Washington, Hamilton, a ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific book about the popular Revolutionary War leader, politician, Founding Father, and statesman! I learned so much and devoured most of the book in one night of reading. I always wanted to know more about Hamilton, especially since the Broadway play is so hot right now, and author Jean Fritz really brought the events of the time period together so that I could understand his life better. My one beef is that the text is a high-level text: probably better for 6th-8th graders who have more b ...more
Isabelle Simons
loved this book I started loving Hamilton and wanted to see how much of it is true. Definitely, recommend because Jean Fritz also just has a way with words.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
So, how much do you know about Alexander Hamilton? I have to say that he really wasn't someone we learned a whole lot about in grade school. Of course, many of America's founding fathers aren't taught about in school as much as others. Most everyone learns about the life and times of George Washington from an early age, and the legend of Benjamin Franklin is expounded upon in the classroom nearly as soon, but some heroes of the American Revolution just aren't really talked about in school. Jame ...more
Nicole Blicht
Reading Log #5-3-5 Biography

Title Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider
Author: Jean Fritz
Genre: Biography, History, and Non-fiction
Theme(s): Being on the outside, Not giving up, Always trying your best
Opening line/sentence Alexander Hamilton should have been born in his grandfather’s fogbound castle on the west coast of Scotland, the same castle where his father, James, had been born, along with James’s three older brothers.
Brief Book Summary This story is a biography on the very famous President Al
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My name is Alexander Hamilton....

I really love kid biographies because...they're just awesome. And learning more about Hamilton is always fun. Hamilton was a real, innovating character. I'm so mad that he barely gets the recognition he deserves. This book, for kids, was really, really good.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a quick, but boring read for me. I love Hamilton; an American musical, but life with a book is very boring, I think that people who like history should read this book. I am so glad that Lin Manuel Miranda made the musical so that more people will be more interested with history by using entertainment. Overall I like Hamilton, but not this book.
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May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Informative in a way a 7 to 12 year old would enjoy.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to get this book into the hands of my students!
Stacy Ford
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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Teresa Scherping Moulton
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was much more than just the face on our $10 bill. Born in the West Indies to a Scottish father and French mother, Alexander always felt like he didn't quite belong. After years of working hard and reading every history book he could get his hands on, Alexander achieved his dream of traveling to America to study. As a teenage student at King's College, Alexander became involved with the patriots who wanted freedom from Britain. When the Revolutionary War broke o ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the being you meet Alexander Hamilton's family. His mother a native from the West Indies and his father is a man from Scotland. Hamilton grew up in the West Indies. When Hamilton was 18 He moved to New York. He graduated collage and became a soilder in the reveoltionary war. Washington made Hamitlon his right hand man. Hamilton marries Eliza Shcuaryer. They win the war in 1776. Hamilton becomes a lawyer. Washington is starting the new government and askes Hamilton to become secretary of tres ...more
Izzy Anders
"Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider," written by Jean Fritz, is a biography on Alexander Hamilton's life. The book is directed towards intermediate readers due to the mature vocabulary, minimal pictures, and abundant information. This book covers a wide range of Hamilton's life, explaining the many different aspects of history he played an influential role on. One of his more well-known contributions was the writing of The Federalist Papers, along with James Madison and John Jay. Hamilton wrote ar ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have always been a nerd for history, especially American history. Growing up I loved reading historical fiction, biographies, and nonfiction with a focus on American history. Jean Fritz was and still is one of my favorite authors to turn to for great biography or history books. I grew up reading her books and when I saw this new one at the library I knew I had to pick it up and read it!

Most people think of Alexander Hamilton as the guy on the ten dollar bill and maybe even know that he died in
Kristen Jorgensen
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexander Hamilton was always one of my favorites in American history. I was delighted to see Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider in the mock Newbery lists. It was a wonderful read and I think children will enjoy it. Jean Fritz with one Newbery honor under her belt has written Hamilton’s life accurately and brings his attributes to our country forward.

Her ability to show how Hamilton’s ideas and policies are either the forerunner to rules and departments we have today, or are basically still in us
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
I purchased this book for my 9 year old son, who like his mother, enjoys history. It was longer than I had anticipated when I purchased it, so I read it first. I did enjoy it, however, I thought it included a bit too much detail for its intended school age audience, and I fear many of that age would not read it cover to cover. In particular, the chapters covering Hamilton's time serving in the army during the American Revolution, while I'm certain are historically accurate and done quite compreh ...more
Beth G.
Noted autor Jean Fritz turns her keen eye for historical detail to the life of Alexander Hamilton. From his early years in the West Indies to that fateful day in Weehawken, NJ, Fritz puts Hamilton's story center stage while also setting it in the context of the birth of the United States. The tone of the narrative is conversational and should appeal to middle grade readers. Historical images are reproduced throughout the book; while lovely and certainly helpful in setting the mood and tone in ce ...more
After seeing scenes from "Hamilton", this seemed kind of tame. However, taken just on the merits of the story, I think kids will be surprised at how much excitement there was in the early days of our country.

Hamilton certainly had a sad and difficult early life, but his determination and passion for learning helped him scramble to a position of power and influence. The descriptions of the challenges and frustrations of the war for Hamilton and his commander in chief, GW, may be quite eye-openin
Mark Flowers
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When choosing one's favorite founding father (as we all, eventually must) liberals could do a lot worse than Alexander Hamilton--a genuine war hero, who was nonetheless very thoughtful about whether the Revolution was the right thing; a virulant opposer of slavery; the primary author of the Federalist papers; a proponent of a strong central government, and founder of the Federalist party; creator of the national bank; and a generally honorable man who accepted his duel with Burr but refused to r ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can easily see this becoming the "go to" biography on Hamilton for younger readers - the narrative flow will help them get through some of the more confusing parts (Hamilton's ideas about a federal bank, for example, or his activities during the Revolutionary War). Occasionally the jumps make the chronology a little confusing, or information is left out (eg, was Hamilton accepted to the College of New Jersey?) but that's a rare occurrence. There were times when I wished for more detail, for ex ...more
Sandy Stiles
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I picked up this book as a way to easily get up to speed on the life of a person that I actually knew very little about. Why? So that I could better appreciate the soundtrack of the Broadway musical, "Hamilton," that my husband got for Christmas! Anyway, I approach much of the young adult non-fiction that I read the same way: I just want to know more about the world, but only in small packages. (There are just too many great books and magazines to read to spend weeks on one subj ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5th, 6th, 4th, 3rd, biographies
Alright, I am not, nor do I claim to be, a history buff. Seriously. I am pretty awful at history and it bores me. I honestly only recognized the name because 1) I knew he was on the $10 bill due to a Lonely Island song, Lazy Sunday and 2) I knew he was in a duel. Didn't know if he or Aaron Burr won, just knew they were in it. All those confessions being said, this book actually held my attention and taught me a few things. I can't guarantee that I will remember those things, but I at least will ...more
A relatively brief but informative biography of Alexander Hamilton, a person I vaguely recall from history classes (Hamilton and Burr, banking, and...?). I recently learned there's a Hamilton musical, and that he's getting booted off the $10, so wanted to learn a bit more about the person.

While a little hero-worshippy, I found the narrative mostly informative, although it got bogged down at times with the Revolutionary context. I definitely want to grab the musical soundtrack now: Hamilton is a
Courtney Hatcher
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had to read a biography or nonfiction book for my journalism class so obviously I picked a biography about my bae Hamilton
I learned a lot while reading this! Like Hamilton had a brother, he went to an academy in New Jersey, he wrote articles about the President's decisions, etc.
Really glad I picked this up. Such a quick and educational read for me!
Highly recommend this if you want to know more about Alexander Hamilton! The book is literally only 130 pages but you learn so much while reading i
Sandy Gray
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I love Jean Fritz's biographies for kids. This one was just all right. Basic information about Hamilton was presented, but left me wanting more about this man's life. Maybe I'm disappointed because I'm an adult... But, as a history teacher, I'd want more for my 7th graders.
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Jean Fritz is a children’s author who has a fascination with writing historical fictions. She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents. After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States. Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award-winning and respected author. She has received an honor for every book that sh ...more
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