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- Publisher: Puffin Books
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 174g
- Publication date: 8 February 2002
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0140322590
- ISBN 13: 9780140322590
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 716,219
This "vivid and compelling story of the American Revolution" is set in Salem in 1774, when people were either Tories or Whigs and the growing violence between the two groups split Salem and its people. Daniel West and his widowed doctor father were undeniably Tories, and neither tax nor tea nor wild acts by the rowdy Liberty Boys could weaken their loyalty to the king. After a series of disappointments, from his father and from England, Daniel disappoints himself on a night when all of Salem goes wild. Eventually Daniel comes to terms with himself and makes his difficult decision. And in a major confrontation between the British troops and the townspeople, he proudly supports his chosen side.
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Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China where she lived until the age of thirteen. She tells her story in "Homesick, My Own Story," a Newbery Honor Book. Ms Fritz is the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people. Among the prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: a medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, an American Book Award, a Christopher Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a" New York Times" Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, "School Library Journal "Best Books of the Year, and ALA" Booklist" Editors' Choice Awards.
"The most alive story of the American Revolution that has appeared in many years." --"The Horn Book"