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Sophia's War by Avi

Sophia's War (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Avi

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Title:Sophia's War
Info:Beach Lane Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 320 pages
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Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution by Avi (2012)



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Sophia's War: a Tale of the Revolution
In 1776, the War of Independence comes to New York City, and to twelve-year-old Sophia Calderwood’s family. William, her older soldier brother, was convinced by his friend to join the war. Now he has been missing since the defeat of George Washington’s Army at the Battle of Brooklyn.

When the British occupy the city, Lieutenant John André of the English Army, is billeted at the Calderwood home. He and Sophia develop a flirtatious friendship, which is tested when the girl discovers that William is being held in The Sugarhouse, a notorious British prison with deplorable living conditions. She hopes André can help. When he chooses not to, Sophia struggles to save her brother herself. William dies while on a prison ship. Now Sophia will sped her days avenging her brothers death, because she knows Andre could have saved him if he had chosen it fi so.

Three years later, Sophia becomes a spy in the headquarters of the British Army. There she finds André, now a Major, working to enable a highly placed American General become a traitor, a treason that will endanger the whole American war effort. Deciding to stop the treason—and motivated by personal revenge—Sophia becomes desperate. However, as Sophia learns, desperation’s other name is deception. Indeed, the desperate characters in this thrilling tale of spies and counter-spies, act out many acts of deception, not least by Sophia herself.

Based on true tales of the Revolution, carefully researched, this story will shock and enthrall even those who think they know what happened during this period of our nation's history.

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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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  Viona1987 | Dec 4, 2016 |
The history elements were interesting but the plot sort of muddled along. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Sophia's War is a compelling story of the Revolutionary War, as told through the eyes of Sophia, just 12 years old when the story begins. The book is split into two parts, first telling the life of Sophia the child, before moving onto Sophia as a young woman. The author does a great job of making sure that the writing and the speech is of the times, and, as I happened upon them every so often, I enjoyed figuring out what an old phrase or word meant in it's context. I found the story to be gripping and never dull, and enjoyed the true historical elements that were weaved into it as well, which actually led me to do a little research on the Revolutionary War. ( )
  childrenslitpdx | Feb 12, 2016 |
A superbly written, completely engaging historical novel. Pair this one with Steve Sheinkin's Notorious Benedict Arnold. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

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