Tales of YOung Americans

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 cobbletstone 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 buyforyour 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

Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by Robert Papp
Sleeping Bear Press 2006 ISBN 1-58536-253-0

Gettysburg, July 1863: Union and Confederate troops arrive, ready to face off. The stage is set for what becomes one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War.

Though he’s only eleven years old, Gabe is a bugler in the Union Army. There are over 60 battle calls for him to learn. But even more important to Gabe is watching over his older brother Davy, who is in the thick of the battle. Davy is Gabe’s last brother. But then Gabe meets Orlee, a young Confederate bugler. Now things aren’t so clear. Does one have to choose between service to country, to kin, or even to a new friend?

"This book held me spellbound. The story and paintings are a match made in publisher's heaven." – Frank Hodge - Hodge Podge Books

“Story resonates with courage and fear, love and loyalty. Will spark discussion about the Civil War and how people can be friends even if they have different beliefs.” – School Library Journal

“A good choice to add to your children's library shelf.” – The Old Schoolhouse

• Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee 2009
• Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee  2008-2009
• Missouri Show Me Readers Award - Preliminary Nominee 2008-2009
• South Carolina Young Reader's Award Nominee 2008
• NYSRA Charlotte Award Committee Selected Reading List 2008
• IPPY Award Bronze 2007
• Pennsylvania Library Association - Carol Field Award - Honor Book 2007
• Storytelling Magazine 2007 Honor Award
 (featured in May/June issue)
• A Scholastic Book Club Selection

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