Friday, April 9, 2010

Road to Revolution (Cartoon Chronicles of America )

Mack, Stan & Susan Champlin
Road to Revolution (Cartoon Chronicles of America )
Bloomsbury see St. Martins 2009 122p 10.99 978-1-59990-371-2 all ages
This graphic novel is packed with action, humor, and the dramatic events of the American Revolution. Since the colonists wanted the British out of Boston, Nick and Penny try to help the cause. Nick (an orphan) and Penny (a daughter of a tavern owner) both lived in Boston. The political climate was tense. Although Nick and Penny come from completely different backgrounds, they have an idea of how to help getting the British out of Boston. It is a great read for young readers in which they will get a good combination of fact and fiction written in a very readable format that will entice even the most reluctant reader. However, they both need to gain the trust of someone in the inner circle of the revolution. Their campaign to oust the British begin when Nick accidentally bumps a British person who in turn knocks Penny to the ground and dirties her shirt. Dislike is instantaneous for both of them until they realize that they are on the same side of the situation. Their escapades will delight the readers as well as imparting historical information. In the epilogue the authors delineate what is fact and what is fiction for the readers. McNeil, Linda

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