Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British out of Boston and Launched a Revolution
Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British out of Boston and Launched a Revolution
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Annotation: Following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Congress unanimously elects George Washington commander in chief of the American armed forces, and he is sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to transform the ragtag collection of volunteer militiamen into American's first army.
Catalog Number: #155828
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 223 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8851-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8851-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018935029
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In the summer of 1775, Washington arrives in Massachusetts to lead rebel forces against British troops occupying Boston. Orgill's free-verse poems span a year and feature the perspectives of ten historical figures (including Washington's "servant-slave") and one fictional boy. The extensively researched novel highlights a pivotal time in U.S. history and illuminates small moments in individual lives. Map. Bib., glos.
Kirkus Reviews
A poetic rendering of the early days of the American Revolution.In 1775, the British occupied Boston to quell the colonists, whom George III called an "unhappy and deluded multitude." Orgill tells the story as a novel in verse, preceding it with a cast of characters, including George Washington; his aide-de-camp, Joseph Reed; William Lee, "Washington's slave who travels with him"; Henry Knox, a Boston bookseller who rose to the rank of colonel; and Abigail Adams. The perspective alternates among the characters, breaking for the occasional military order or news update and incorporating quotations from primary sources. Most "voices" are written from a third-person point of view, good for presenting information but distancing readers from the characters. The volume is most alive when protagonists speak for themselves, making the contrast with the more objective voice noticeable. Still, third-person narration can summon energy, too, as in a snowball fight among patriot troops: "Fifty men became / a thousand / biting, punching / gouging / a knockdown battle / sailor vs. huntsman / musket vs. rifle / north against south." All in all, the multiple perspectives give a solid overview of how the incipient Revolution would affect those involved and effectively portray Washington learning as he goes. An interesting take on an oft-told story and an especially fine choice for readers' theater in the classroom. (maps, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Historical verse fiction. 9-14)
Word Count: 10,524
Reading Level: 6.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.5 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 502763 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: Q

Step back to British-held Boston and hear the voices of citizens, militiamen, and redcoats at a turning of the tide in the American Revolution, brought to life in Roxane Orgill’s deft verse.

It is the summer of 1775. The British occupy Boston and its busy harbor, holding residents captive and keeping a strong military foothold. The threat of smallpox looms, and the town is cut off, even from food supplies. Following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Congress unanimously elects George Washington commander in chief of the American armed forces, and he is sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to transform the ragtag collection of volunteer militiamen into America’s first army. So far the war is nothing more than a series of intermittent skirmishes, but Washington is in constant fear of attack — until he takes the offensive with results that surprise everyone, the British most of all. Roxane Orgill uses verse to zoom in on the siege of Boston that launched the war to defeat the British, giving voice to privates and generals, their wives and city residents. to tell a story that is usually overlooked in Revolutionary War history. Back matter includes source notes, a glossary, and a bibliography.


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