War Comes to Willy Freeman

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AudioGO, May 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Thirteen-year-old Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's horrific death at the hands of the Redcoats, then returns home to find that her mother has disappeared, perhaps taken by the British as prisoner. Willy, disguised as a boy, begins her long and dangerous search for her mother and luckily finds a haven at the famous Fraunces Tavern in New York City. But even with the help of Sam Fraunces and her fellow worker, Horace, Willy knows that to be black, female, and free leaves her open to danger at every turn. What will tomorrow bring? Will she ever reunite with her mother?

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How cool and breath taking would it be to have experience in a historical war right in front of your eyes! War Comes to Willy Freeman is a breath-taking nail biter story that contains characters with brave spirits, adventurous hearts, and difficult tasks. To begin with, Willy and her family have brave spirits because Willy’s mom let Willy go with her dad to a war zone under his protection. Willy and her dad also had to run from one side to another. It sounds easy, but it was ambitious because there were cannons firing, guns firing, and dead people on the ground. But Willy and her dad had really good confidence in themselves to make it to the other side. In addition, Willy and her family have adventurous hearts because Willy and her dad rode a boat a unknown island to explore and hide from the British. Her mom is adventurous because she traveled into the woods. Furthermore, Willy and the others have difficult task because Willy has to act and look like a boy if she still wants to live. Her dad has a difficult task because he joined to fight the redcoats in the war, and her mom has a difficult task because she has to take care of their home and make food for her and her family. Finally, War Comes to Willy Freeman by James Collier is a fantastic novel that will advise readers to always be confident and be strong about your feelings, no matter how unsure you are and not to be scared about anything. This is Aaron from the Piano Keys. 

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This is a great book. I learned a lot about slavery. Read full review

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Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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