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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

Avi does it again - captures a time in history for readers to enjoy and learn from - in Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution. The story begins in 1776, in British-occupied New York City and is narrated by a fictional strong young woman named Sophia who is twelve-years-old. She and her mother witness Nathan Hale's hanging and the horors of this war are forever with her. Her parents are forced, like others in the city, to house a British soldier. Unbeknownst to the new Lieutenant John Andre, Sophia has an older brother who is fighting with George Washington for the patriots. Andre gives Sophia a lot of attention and she believes he genuinely cares for her. When she finds out her brother is wounded and being held under deplorable conditions in a prison, she asks Andre for help. He turns his back on Sophia’s request and leaves without a second glance. Sophia will stop at nothing to help her brother. It is now 1780, and Sophia is given the dangerous job of spying for the patriots while serving in the house of a now married Major Andre. Read Sophia’s War to find out the roles John Andre and Benedict Arnold played in the American Revolution. Great read that is definitely going on my 8th grade reading list in the fall.

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