Synopses & Reviews
On the afternoon of July 1, 1776, Caesar Rodney received a letter from a fellow Delaware delegate urging him to return to Philadelphia at once. The congress was on the verge of casting the vote for independence. Battling bad weather and physical handicaps, Caesar Rodney embarked on a journey that would change the course of history. Here is the dramatic story of that ride, set against the extraordinary events of July 1776, with the remarkable men who shaped them, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Caesar Rodney. With exquisitely detailed watercolors by Gary Lippincott, Jan Cheripko presents the burning issues of that time, the men who fought for them, and the story of the great patriot whose breakneck ride for freedom served to ensure the birth of the United States.
In July of 1776, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress faced a decision that would change their lives and the destiny of a continent: Should the American colonies declare independence from Great Britain? The delegates knew that casting a vote for independence meant risking their property, jeopardizing their family, and losing their own lives. The vote loomed before them. Caesar Rodney, one of the delegates from Delaware, favored independence. When he learned that the vote was imminent, he rode from his home in Delaware to Philadelphia, where congress was in session. His eighty-mile ride to cast what might have been a deciding vote was a heroic effort on the part of a man who suffered from asthma and cancer. This book celebrates a great patriot, whose courage and convictions continue to inspire us.
About the Author
Jan Cheripko is the author of the award-winning novels Imitate the Tiger and Rat, which received a Carolyn Field Honor Award, and IRA Children's Choice Award, and a New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age. He lives in Bethany, Pennsylvania.
Gary Lippincott has illustrated a number of books, including The Bookstore Mouse by Peggy Christian, and With Love, at Christmas by Mem Fox. He lives in Spencer, Massachusetts.