Synopses & Reviews
andlt;b andgt;Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: Sheand#8217;s young, sheand#8217;s a girl, and sheand#8217;s running out of time. And if she fails, sheand#8217;s facing an execution of her own.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.
"Newbery Medalist Avi (Crispin: The Cross of Lead) channels the mood, language, and danger of the Revolutionary War in this seamless blend of history and fiction, set in British-occupied New York City. Twelve-year-old Sophia Calderwood idolizes her older brother, William, a fervent Patriot soldier who has gone missing after the Battle of Brooklyn. In the first half of the book, Sophia's desperate search for William leads her to several deplorable prisons where rebels are being held. The second half takes place when Sophia, now 15, becomes a spy who uncovers the truth about Benedict Arnold. The book is chockful of fascinating historical details, including the conditions for those stranded in New York and the failed meetings between Arnold and John AndrÃ©, his (real-life) British contact. Avi doesn't sugarcoat the brutal realities of war as Sophia races to find help intercepting John AndrÃ©, who was also a boarder in her home years earlier and her first crush, in this rich, nail-biting thriller. A glossary of period terms and an author's note are included. Ages 8 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Avi is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery medal winner andlt;iandgt;Crispin: The Cross of Leadandlt;/iandgt;. He has won two Newbery Honors and many other awards for his fiction. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at Avi-Writer.com.