On a hot summer day in a quiet frontier settlement, a bloody raid leads to an even bloodier conflict. A young Mohawk warrior and a patrotic farm boy have survived the battle, but can they survive the night?
Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington's Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family's hard scrabble farm in Upstate New York—until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, and ultimately, face to face with the enemy.
In Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale, J. Albert Mann takes readers deep into the woods of northern New York, where two young enemies meet face to face. Based on actual events and exhaustive research, this gripping, dramatic tale of courage and honor will prove impossible to forget.
About the Author
J. Albert Mann (Jennifer A. Mann) is the author of Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry, and its sequels Sunny Sweet Is So Dead Meat and Sunny Sweet Can So Get Lost. Her short stories have been published in Highlights for Children magazine. She lives with her family in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit jenniferannmann.com.
"A sobering characterization of not only a historical battle, but war itself."—Kirkus Reviews
"Mann's re-creation of the Battle of Minisink and its aftermath straightforwardly introduces readers to events and figures seldom visited in children's books.... Mann's narrative is unique in that it sheds light on this part of Native American history and, in particular, the Iroquois Confederacy's alliance with the British.... the rich, exhaustive research is evident within the writing as well as in the biographical information provided at book's end.... Mann has created a springboard for immersion in a sadly overlooked yet important part of our history. A worthy purchase for its thought-provoking portrayal of a military skirmish seldom explored in children's literature." —School Library Journal
"The compact structure, compelling flashbacks, and low page count will draw readers who don't generally gravitate toward historical fiction, and the epilogue, bibliography, and thumbnail bios of the real life players will please dedicated history fans.' —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Allows readers a glimpse into a tiny rural community's life under British rule and provides a nuanced view of the tensions between settlers and natives caught in the cross fire of military strategy.... a remarkable meditation on the horror and loss that war brings to a community."—Booklist