Buttons for General Washington
Buttons for General Washington

Series: On My Own History   

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Annotation: Reconstructs a possible mission of the fourteen-year-old spy who carried messages to George Washington's camp in the buttons of his coat during the Revolutionary War.
Catalog Number: #600007337
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 1986
Edition Date: c1986
Illustrator: Hanson, Peter E.,
Pages: 48 p.
Territory: US Only
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: 0-8225-8929-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-8225-8929-7
Dewey: 921
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 23 Take one brave young boy, encode a message and hide it in the buttons of his jacket, mix in the Redcoats and George Washington, and you have historical fiction perfect for early elementary students. Written by Peter and Connie Roop, the book (Carolrhoda Books, 1986) offers an account of a Quaker family who became spies for the American army during the Revolutionary War and the boy who carried messages to Washington's camp in the buttons of his coat. Jason Harris provides a measured, word-for-word reading, but doesn't change his voice for the different characters. There are minimal, unobtrusive sound effects, such as the occasional clip-clop of horses' hooves. The Author's Note explains the spy activities of John Darragh and his Quaker family and how they risked their lives for American freedom. A good way to introduce historical fiction in an easy-to-read format. Marilyn Hersh, Hillside Elementary School, Farmington Hills, MI
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,496
Reading Level: 2.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 9473 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.8 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q01692
Lexile: 560L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Fourteen-year-old John Darragh was a spy. But British-occupied Philadelphia in 1777 was not a safe place for an American spy. If he were captured, John knew he would be hanged. In this suspenseful story based on accounts of the Darragh family's spying activities for General Washington, young John undertakes a dangerous mission to deliver a message to the American army.

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