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April 3, 1778

He may be just thirteen, but Jonathan knows he's ready to go to the war against the British. He can handle a gun. He yearns to battle for glory, just like his brother and cousin.

So when Jonathan hears the tavern bell toll, calling men to fight, he runs to join them. He doesn't realize that in just twenty-four hours, his life will be forever altered — by the war, by his fellow soldiers, and by the terrible choices he must make.

About the Author

Ask Avi how you know when you're a real writer and his answer is simple: "I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers." Avi made up his mind to do that when he was just a senior in high school.

Avi was born in 1937 in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn. Kids often ask him about his name. "My twin sister gave it to me when we were both about a year old. And it stuck." To this day, Avi is the only name the author uses.

As a kid, Avi says, he was "shy, not into sports, but someone who loved to read and play games of imagination." He did not consider himself a good student, though. "In elementary school I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school I failed all my courses. Then my folks put me in a small school that emphasized reading and writing." What made him want to become a writer? "Since writing was important to my family, friends and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published."

Avi didn't start off as an author of children's books but as a playwright. It was only when he had children of his own that he started to write for young people.

When asked if writing is hard for him, Avi gives an unequivocal YES. "But," he goes on, "it's hard for everyone to write well. I have to rewrite over and over again, so on average it takes me a year to write a book." Where does he get his ideas? "Everybody has ideas. The vital question is: What do you do with them? My wife, a college teacher, uses her ideas to understand literature. My rock musician sons shape their ideas in to music. I take my ideas and turn them into stories."

Avi's advice for people who want to write: "I believe reading is the key to writing. the more you read, the better your writing can be." He adds, "Listen, and watch the world around you. Don't be satisfied with answers others give you. Don't assume that because everyone believes a thing, that it is right or wrong. Reason things out for yourself. Work to get answers on your own. Understand why you believe things. Finally, write what you honestly feel, then learn from the criticism that will always come your way."Avi's many award-winning books for young readers include the Newbery Honor Books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, as well as more Tales from Dimwood Forest, including Poppy, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, Poppy and Rye, and Ragweed. His many other books include tales of mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction for young readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780064401852
performance Narrated:
George Guidall.
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Author:
Avi
Author:
by Avi
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial
Subject:
Revolution, 1775-1783
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Fiction.
Subject:
Talking books for children.
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Fiction on cassette with book
Series Volume:
94-01
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.58x5.30x.45 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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