The Scarlet Stockings Spy

Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by Robert Papp
Sleeping Bear Press 2004 ISBN 1-58536-230-1

In the fall of 1777, Philadelphia sat twitching like a nervous mouse. The British were going to attack, but no one knew where or when.

Uncertainty settled over the city like soot. Suspicions skulked through the cobblestone streets like hungry alley cats. Rumors multiplied like horseflies. Spies were everywhere.

But one little spy moved through the streets unnoticed, even though she wore scarlet stockings. Her name was Maddy Rose and she lived with her mother and brother in the Leather Apron District, next to the harbor, where the city’s tradesfolk lived and worked in narrow brick row houses.

Even the smallest of citizens can play the largest of parts when the birth of a nation is at stake. A suspenseful tale of devotion, sacrifice, and patriotism during the American Revolution.

“There are very few hardback picture books that I would recommend you buy for your Revolutionary War history study, but this is one of them.” – The Old Schoolhouse

• North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee 2007
• Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee 2007-2008
• New York State Reading Association Selected Reading List
• Learning® Magazine 2007 Teachers’ Choice Award
• International Reading Association’s Teacher’s Choice Award 2005
• Chicago Book Clinic’s Crystal Book Award of Excellence 2005

Available at, and your local independent bookstore.