Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington

Title: Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington

Author: Lynda Durrant

Genre: Children's History

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Synopsis: Ariel Bradley is Washington’s boy spy who pretends to be a country bumpkin (a “Johnny Raw”). He ‘stumbles’ into General Howe’s camp “looking for the mill” his father has sent him in search of. In reality, he is assessing the strength and numbers of the British and their Hessian (German) allies. After he is sent on his way by the unsuspecting English, he reports this to General Washington and his staff. This information proves key in what became known as the Battle of White Plains.

Review: Based on a true story, this book is a great beginning chapter book for kids. With fun illustrations that capture the spirit of the story and well-written short chapters, this book is both entertaining and informative. Kids won't even realize they're learning! There's also a glossary at the back that defines some of the more archaic terms used in the story, and a short recounting of the life of the real Ariel Bradley!

Where to buy: Amazon

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