By the Sword (Hardcover)

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Spurred by the cry for freedom and the blood spilled at the battles of Lexington and Concord, young teacher Benjamin Tallmadge sacrifices his career and his dreams to enlist in George Washington’s army in Revolutionary America. 

Young readers who love the Broadway smash "Hamilton" will devour this story of fiery combat during one of American history’s most harrowing moments. Follow Benjamin Tallmadge and his beloved horse, Highlander, at the Battle of Long Island. Hear cannons blast, smell gunpowder, watch the enemy barrel forward as Benjamin must fire or die. Witness grisly war and see whether he and the rest of the battered Americans can escape from Brooklyn unscathed. Author Selene Castrovilla weaves Tallmadge’s own account with additional details from primary-source documents and extensive research to deliver this action-adventure story with heart, which will have you rooting for Benjamin as he gives his all for his country, and for his horse.

About the Author

Selene Castrovilla lives in Barnum Isle, New York, not far from where the Battle of Long Island took place. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University.

Bill Farnsworth is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design. He has created paintings for magazines, advertisements, and children's books as well as commissioned portraits and landscapes. His children's books have received the Young Hoosier Book Award, the NAPRA (Network of Alternatives for Publishers, Retailers, and Artists) Nautilus Award, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. He lives with his family in Venice, Florida.

Praise For…

"An excellent introduction to the use of primary-source material to create a plausible historical narrative that also adds a human face." --School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590784273
ISBN-10: 1590784278
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Publication Date: April 1st, 2007
Pages: 40
Language: English