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Secret Weapons: A Tale of the Revolutionary War
Secret Weapons: A Tale of the Revolutionary War
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Secret Weapons: A Tale of the Revolutionary War

The British are coming! Fourteen-year-old Daniel wants to join the militia and fight against the redcoats. His father wants him to stay in Concord, Massachusetts, and help run the blacksmith shop. Daniel thinks the job is pointless, until he finds a secret stash of weapons in the shop's back room. Now, he must protect the weapons from the British, or the American Revolution could be over before it begins.

GenreHistorical Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile LevelGN590L
ATOS Level3.2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #123855
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Flash
Page Count56
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Anne Knickerbocker

"Using a part text, part graphic novel approach, Gunderson tells the story of Daniel Milton. The son of a peace-loving blacksmith, he yearns to join the militia, but his father wants him to stay and work in the shop. When Daniel discovers that his father has been secretly making ammunition for the Patriots, he becomes involved in hiding the musket balls and shells from the British. This action-packed novel moves quickly through the events of the Battle of Lexington and Concord as Daniel matures and learns what his role in the war will be. Obviously meant for reluctant readers, the narrative flows easily. However, the discussion questions, writing prompts, and Web site listed in the back give it a textbook-like appearance, perhaps turning off the very readers it is trying to reach. A supplemental purchase. -Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX" - School Library Journal

March 1, 2009

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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