by Lisa Papp and Trinka Hakes Noble
Each paperback in this series features a trio of fictional stories highlighting a moment in history, with content taken from our popular Tales of Young Americans picture-book series. The Battles contains three stories focusing on key American battles: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The Scarlet Stockings Spy is set during the Revolutionary War. In Philadelphia 1777, childhood games now become life-and-death actions for Maddy Rose and her Patriot soldier brother, as British spies are everywhere. In The Town that Fooled the British, the War of 1812 comes to life when the British target St. Michaels, Maryland, in their campaign to defeat America. But a young boy's quick thinking helps the town escape destruction. The Last Brother is set on the battlefields of Gettysburg where Gabe, a Union Army bugler, meets and befriends Orlee, a young Confederate bugler. Now, with the battle looming ahead of him, Gabe is conflicted about what to do.
- Dewey: F
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Paperback (9781585368617): 88 pages, 5.5 (w) x 8 (h), © 2013, 05/01/2013
- PDF (9781627530156): 88 pages, © 2013, 04/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627535687): 88 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Series: American Adventures
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 8 - Age 11
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 5
- Lexile® Measure: 920
- Guided Reading Level: T
- ATOS Reading Level: 6.4
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 0
- JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars (JUV016080)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods (JUV016120)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century (JUV016140)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877) (JUV016200)
Booklist Online Reviews "The Battles"
Reviewed on 21 May 2013
This colorfully illustrated paperback from the American Adventures series presents stories in which children make contributions to American wars. Each selection is based on a picture book by the same name from the publisher’s Tales of Young Americans series. Noble’s “The Scarlet Stockings Spy” concerns Maddy Rose, a Philadelphia girl whose clothesline code informs her brother (a spy in Washington’s nearby army) about British ships in the harbor. In Papp’s “The Town That Fooled the British,” young Henry’s idea saves his Maryland town during the War of 1812. “The Last Brother,” a Civil War tale by Noble, tells of an 11-year-old bugler at the Battle of Gettysburg. Sometimes dramatic and occasionally poignant, the stories are always accessible. The illustrations use light and color dramatically while sometimes depicting faces with near-photographic realism. The title and cover art will help this short story collection find its audience. A second volume in the series, Westward Journeys, was published simultaneously.
Author: Lisa Papp
Born and raised in Iowa and Nebraska, Lisa Papp attended Iowa State University College of Design for one year, and studied three more years at Du Cret School for the Arts in New Jersey where she won numerous awards for her watercolor paintings. “I am lucky to illustrate. It gives me a chance to dream and see it come to life. Nature has always been a friend to me and continues to be one of my best inspirers.” Lisa currently resides in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her artist husband, Rob, and their whimsical cat, Taffy.
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of numerous picture books including The Orange Shoes (2007 National Parenting Publications Awards Honors Winner), The Scarlet Stockings Spy (2005 IRA Teachers’ Choice), The Last Brother, and The Legend of the Cape May Diamond. Ms. Noble also wrote the ever-popular Jimmy’s Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, both featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children’s Book, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, IRA-CBC Children’s Choice, Learning: The Year’s Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections.
Ms. Noble has studied children’s book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, Caldecott medalist Uri Shulevitz’s Greenwich Village Workshop, and at New York University. A member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature, she was awarded Outstanding Woman 2002 in Arts and Letters in the state of New Jersey for her lifetime work in children’s books. Ms. Noble currently lives in the historic Jockey Hollow area of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Illustrator: Robert Papp
Because Robert Papp’s childhood drawings of his favorite superheros were such a pleasure, it was only natural that he would wind up an illustrator. Nowadays, his award-winning artwork appears on book covers and in magazines instead of on the refrigerator. He has produced hundreds of cover illustrations for major publishers across the United States. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.