Search Results: "Selene Castrovilla"


BOOK REVIEW

BY THE SWORD by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"This young officer's crisis of conscience makes a worthy theme to explore, but young students will gain more insight into the soldiers' war from such conventional nonfiction as Richard Ammon's Valley Forge (2004). (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this fictionalized episode from the Battle of Long Island, 22-year-old Lieutenant Benjamin Tallmadge wrestles belatedly with the reality of killing and the possibility of being killed on the battlefield. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVOLUTIONARY ROGUES by Selene Castrovilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A visually exciting introduction to a famous spy case and a name synonymous with 'traitor.' (aftermath, timelines, places to visit, resources) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
During the Revolutionary War, Maj. John André and Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold each sought glory, but instead both found ruin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDS by Selene Castrovilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Of potential interest as curriculum support, this treatment requires advanced reading skills (or a grown-up) and a basic understanding of the historical context. (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
This effort to illuminate and explicate the affectionate relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, as well as its impact on United States history, is enthusiastic but perhaps ambitious for the format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UPON SECRECY by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Young readers will find a clearer, more readable account of the Culper network in Thomas B. Allen's George Washington, Spymaster (2004). (Picture book. 8-10)"
"George Washington needed spies." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELT by Selene Castrovilla
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"A fresh, emotionally complex bildungsroman of young American love that looks long and hard at violence, and at what can overcome it."
In Castrovilla's (Revolutionary Friends, 2013, etc.) YA novel, a teenager finds an existential crisis in a doughnut shop—and a love like no other. Read full book review >