American Revolution

The Winter Soldiers

By Richard M. Ketchum

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The classic account of the dark, early days of the Revolutionary War and the campaigns of 1776.

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The Day is Ours! An Inside View of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, November 1776 - January 1777

By William M. Dwyer

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A wonderful account based on the actual words and writings of the men who lived through those famed battles.

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The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide

By Bruce Ingram

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"This book reveals the best angling spots, every rapid and access point, and where the best wildlife and scenery are found. Every chapter begins with an historical anecdote chronicling the fascinating past of the Shenandoah and Rappahannock. Heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars come alive in the tangible setting of these rivers. The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide will help create your own history on the river with all the information you need to plan and enjoy your trip."

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Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation

By Rhys Isaac

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the tale of the Rappahannock River plantation owner with excerpts from his diaries. The incongruity of Carter's support of the American Revolution and the rebellious attitudes of his own slaves makes for thought-provoking reading.

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Flag Day History

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to prepare a flag for our new republic. According to a well-known story, George Washington asked a Philadelphia seamstress named Betsy Ross to make a flag for our new country. Although there is no proof that this is the way our first flag came to be, Betsy Ross was a real person, and she was the official flag maker for the U.S. Navy.

Hanukkah at Valley Forge

By Stephen Krensky

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During the Revolutionary War, a Jewish soldier from Poland lights the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah and tells General George Washington the story of the Maccabees and the miracle that Hanukkah celebrates. Based on actual events.

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Yankee Doodle: A Revolutionary Tail

By Gary Chalk

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Original verses to "Yankee Doodle" depict such events from the American Revolution as the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride, and the battle of Saratoga. Includes the traditional version of the song.
Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Chains

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Sold as a slave to a Tory family in 1776, 13-year-old Isabel, struggling to free herself and her slow-witted younger sister, soon faces daunting choices. 

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Step into the Past with Patricia Beatty

Patricia Beatty made history fascinating with her tales of young men and women caught up in America's beginnings. She was a good researcher who felt out the roots of her stories, adding details to let the reader experience what life was like long ago. She researched in libraries but also drew on her own knowledge when creating her books.

Scott O'Dell: A Natural Born Writer (1898 - 1989)

Odell Scott (Scott O'Dell) grew up in a California that was still wild and natural. No freeways, no asphalt, no hundred-story buildings. People got around by walking, taking a trolley or train, or riding horseback. His family lived in a house on stilts that was so much a part of the landscape that the waves at high tide splashed against its supports. He loved the outdoors and decided to become a writer as a youngster after he learned that he was related to the classic British historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.