Synopses & Reviews
In less than 24 hours a rebellious colony would be changed forever.
April 18, 1775
9:30 P.M. Paul Revere learns that the British army is marching to Lexington and Concord to arrest rebel leaders and destroy American military supplies.
11:00 P.M. Revere begins his famous midnight ride to warn his fellow patriots about the British plans.
April 19, 1775
12:00 A.M. Revere reaches Lexington and warns rebel leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British are coming. They escape and rouse the town's militia.
1:00 A.M. Revere is captured by the British, but a fellow patriot continues on to warn the sleeping village of Concord.
5:00 A.M. An advance lookout for the Lexington militia spots the approaching British army and shouts a warning.
5:20 A.M. Most of the 70 Lexington militiamen, outgunned by the military might of the 250 British regulars, decide to back down. But a few men stand their ground, including Jonas Parker, a grandfather who has vowed never to flee the British.
Suddenly, a shot rings out.
The story of the how the American Revolution started in April 1775 is told with drama and immediacy, accompanied by riveting, vivid illustrations. Full color.
"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!"-- Captain John Parker, leader of the Lexington militia
On April 18th at 9:30 p.m. Paul Revere learned that the British Army was marching toward Lexington and Concord to arrest rebel leaders. At 5:20 the next morning, a shot rang out and the American Revolution had begun. Told in a step-by-step account of the 24 hours leading up to the battles that sparked a revolution, this tale is sure to both inform and entertain.
“Strong writing, art, and design combine to make this a vivid introduction to the first battles in the American Revolution.”—Booklist, starred review
“A crisply written, vivid, you-are-there account of Paul Reveres actions on the night of April 18, 1775.”—BookLinks, starred review
“This makes a rousing introduction to the wars opening events.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Dennis Brindell Fradin
is the author of The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
, which won numerous awards, including being named an ALA Notable, an American Booksellers for Children's Choice, and an International Reading Association Teachers' Choice. The New York Times Book Review
called it "fascinating for young historians and just about anyone else."
Dennis lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Judith.
Larry Day has illustrated several picture books while working in the advertising industry, creating storyboards for such clients as McDonalds and the U.S. Army. His illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine and in several exhibits, including his own shows.
Larry lives in Downers Grove, Illinois, with his wife, Melanie, and their two sons, Andrew and Peter.