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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: 714,111
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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Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of "Homesick," is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers," "including "What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?," "And Then What Happened, Paul Revere"?, and "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution." She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.
"The most alive story of the American Revolution that has appeared in many years." --"The Horn Book"