Victory Or Death!: Stories of the American Revolution

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Harper Collins, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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What was it like for George Washington and his troops as they crossed the Delaware River in a ferocious snowstorm late in the evening of Christmas Day 1776? How did sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rally her father's militia to battle the British? What did Peter Brown do as cannon fire exploded all about him during the Battle of Bunker Hill? How did James Armistead, a slave in Virginia, spy for Lafayette and the Americans during the Revolution and win his freedom?

These are only some of the people you will read about in Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution. Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero vividly transport readers to the years of the American Revolution through the actions of real people -- some famous and others not yet known. These stories provide inspiring and riveting glimpses into the lives of people who took part in the fight for independence -- on the battlefield and off.


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User Review  - DustinB1983 - LibraryThing

“Victory or Death!” by Rappaport and Verniero is a different approach to learning about the American Revolution. This story is a compilation of several true stories of people in the revolution. Some ... Read full review

VICTORY OR DEATH!: Stories of the American Revolution

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With a knack for seeing the story in history, Rappaport (We are the Many, 2002, etc.) and Verniero offer real-life accounts of heroes of the American Revolution. Lively tales portray the famous and ... Read full review


Peter Brown
Francis Salvador
Abigail Adams
George Washington
Sybil Ludington
Grace Growden Galloway
James Armistead
Robert Shurtliff

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Doreen Rappaport is the recipient of a Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Her books have been praised for both their careful research and their varied literary styles. Among the many titles to her name are a trilogy on African-American history, illustrated by Shane W. Evans; books on Native American history and women's history; and many biographies, including Lady Liberty: A Biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares. Beyond Courage, her most ambitious project to date, took more than six years to research and write and presented her with the opportunity to speak directly with some of the survivors whose stories are told within. ?How Jews organized themselves in order to survive and defy their enemy is an important but still neglected piece of history, ? she says. ?I present a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that I can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ?went like sheep to the slaughter. Doreen Rappaport lives in upstate New York.

Dan Elish is the insanely gifted author of many novels for both adults and children, including "The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks", "13" (based on the Broadway musical), and "The Worldwide Dessert Contest".

When he's not busy typing furiously away on his Lap-Top (not a Gum-Top or a Hat-Top or even a Balloon-Top), you can find Dan in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Cassie, and son, John.

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