A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War.
In June 1781, America’s push for independence looks bleak. British forces are rampaging across the Colonies, devastating towns, executing Patriot dissidents, and destroying homes. The dollar is worthless, the Continental Army is in shambles, and the people are beginning to doubt a victory is even possible. But when William Tuck is entrusted with a secret message that could change the tide of the war, he does not falter. He is joined in his quest by 16-year-old Rebecca Townsend, who helps him understand the language of spies. Together they must travel more than 300 miles to New York, where Gen. George Washington is encamped, ready to engage the British forces. The familiar events and historical figures surrounding the birth of the United States are made personal in this riveting story of one boy’s unparalleled courage. While the focus is on the bravery of the men and women who fought for independence, Pierpoint makes it clear that even an honorable war is brutal. Slavery, lynchings, and tarring and feathering are just a few of the atrocities explored. An afterword contextualizes the factual information contained in the story.
Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)