Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review - I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

About the Book
The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.

This Revolutionary War had started as a thrilling fight for freedom. The 13 American colonies were breaking apart from England, away from King George III. The colonies would band together to become a brand-new country: The United States of America!

But King George was like a snake with America gripped in his fangs - and he didn't want to let go. So now it was war - brutal, bloody war. And America was being crushed by the mighty British army. Thousands of American troops were either dead or dying in filthy British prison ships. General George Washington's army was in tatters.

All Nate wanted was to find his father...and to get out of here alive.

My Take on the Book
This book may have been written for readers in grades 3-5, but as an adult reading this book, I certainly not only learned a lot but enjoyed it very much. I has actually motivated me to look into some of the books on the author has listed in the back of this book.

This story is about a young boy named Nathaniel Fox. He is eleven years old and lives with his abusive uncle. Nathaniel runs away after a terrible beating and luckily finds a friend and some American soldiers who allow him to stay in the camp and help.

This story is about survival, bravery, battle details, and the amazing spirit of the American soldiers.There are illustrations to assist the reader in understanding the weapons and clothing the soldiers on both sides of the war wore.

This particular book focused on the Battle of Brooklyn which most people probably know very little about, however it was an important battle. You will read the details of the battle thanks to Lauren Tarshis' careful research.

This is an excellent story. I encourage you to find not only this book but also locate the other I SURVIVE books for your young person to read. I believe your child will enjoy reading this chapter book and learning along the way. Make sure you read the sections at the end which delve into more details about the Revolutionary War.
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