King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

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Macmillan, May 27, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 195 pages
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KING GEORGE NEVER DID UNDERSTAND AMERICANS

"Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn't one of them." What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle "naked as they were born") close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals ("If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston" -- George Washington), and action, It's the story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts you can't help but want to tell to everyone you know.
King George: What Was His Problem? is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 

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User Review  - scote23 - LibraryThing

I picked up this book thinking that it would be like the Horrible Histories series, but for American history instead. It's not. It's worse. It's disjointed. I felt that the writing style was really ... Read full review

KING GEORGE: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

For middle-graders who find Joy Hakim's 11-volume A History of US just too daunting, historian Sheinkin offers a more digestible version of our country's story—opening with an account of the American ... Read full review

Contents

How to Start a Revolution
A Sleepless Night Before Revolution
Who fired the Shot Heard Round the World?
George Washington Meet Your Army
Declare Independence Already
Losing and Retreating in 76
Showdown at Saratoga
Will We Ever Win This War?
The Great Race to Yorktown
What Ever Happened To ?
Source Notes
Quotation Notes
Index
Copyright

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Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, includingThe Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent bookBomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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