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Victory or Death! Stories of the American…

Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution

by Doreen Rappaport, Joan Verniero

Other authors: Abigail Adams (Contributor), James Armistead (Contributor), Peter Brown (Contributor), Greg Call (Illustrator), Grace Growden Galloway (Contributor)4 more, Sybil Ludington (Contributor), Francis Salvador (Contributor), Robert Shurtliff (Contributor), George Washington (Contributor)

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“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 of them we know, like George Washington, for example. Most, however, are not household names. The book features men and women of different ages and backgrounds. For instance, it features the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who helped rally her father’s militia. This diversity is intentional.

This book seems most appropriate and accessible for a middle school audience. It is well-written and features maps and original illustrations. The stories are engaging enough to capture the attention of the students, yet include enough historical information to be a useful learning tool. I can see an application for this book in the classroom. The stories would be helpful in capturing the attention of the students and bringing them back to this extraordinary time period. The multicultural aspect of the stories has the attention to be especially appealing to the students. I would certainly consider utilizing this in supplement to a middle school unit on the American Revolution. ( )
  DustinB1983 | May 3, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Doreen Rappaportprimary authorall editionscalculated
Verniero, Joanmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AbigailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armistead, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Call, GregIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Galloway, Grace GrowdenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ludington, SybilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salvador, FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shurtliff, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Washington, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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Brief biographies of important people of the American Revolution.

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