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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Fall Reading 2013 Ariel Bradley: Spy for General Washington
Lynda Durrant's story is based on real events from the Revolutionary War. Ariel Bradley was only nine years old when General George Washington asked him to help gather information on British troops in the area near his family's farm. Ariel pretended to be a country boy lost on his way to the mill and wandered into (and out of) British and Hessian camps. The soldiers all saw him as a harmless boy. They didn't realize he was looking carefully around and getting an estimate of their troop strength and firepower. His reconnaissance helped General Washington plan a successful engagement with the British at White Plains, New York. Ms. Durrant has retold the story with details of what Ariel probably thought and felt while he conducted his mission.
If you enjoy American history or stories of heroic children, then you should read this book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was published September 1, 2013.