SAMUEL'S CHOICE by Richard Berleth


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Fact and fiction uneasily coexist in this easily read story set in 1776 Brooklyn. Samuel (14, fictional) is the slave of Isaac van Ditmas (historical), a farmer unsympathetic to the rebels. Samuel witnesses Washington's retreat from New York and, when Ditmas flees, plays a rote in helping the American soldiers escape, meeting such figures as Washington in the process. Berleth presents some interesting ideas in a rarely told segment of history, but Samuel's narration is confusing, the result didactic. A disappointing throwback to the ""you-are-there"" school of children's fiction.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0807572187
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Whitman