Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Fighting Ground by Avi

This book covers 24 hours in the life of an American boy living in colonial America during the Revolutionary War. His father has been injured in the fighting and has forbidden Jonathan to fight because he is only 13 years old. But one day the tavern bell rings and Jonathan rushes to see what is happening. Enemy soldiers are approaching and Jonathan offers to take part in the battle. As much as he longs for excitement he has no idea that the next 24 hours will change his life forever. He encounters Hessian soldiers, a newly orphaned child, and "good guys" may not be so good after all. It's an accessible book for young readers about a complex and difficult topic. This would be a great book for middle schoolers who are studying the American Revolution.

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