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Revolutionary War<BR>1775 - 1783

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; J = 5th Grade and Up

REVOLUTIONARY WAR

1773 - 1783


updated 12-08


Picture Books


Beginning-to-Read Books

Benchley, Nathaniel GEORGE THE DRUMMER BOY
A view of the incidents at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, which were the start of the American Revolution, as seen from the eyes of George, a British drummer boy.
1977 61 p.
Benchley, Nathaniel SAM THE MINUTEMAN
An easy-to-read account of Sam and his father fighting as minutemen against the British in the Battle of Lexington.
1969 unpaged
Lowrey, Janette SIX SILVER SPOONS
A Boston brother and sister travel to their grandmother's house on the eve of the battle at Concord.
1971 63 p.
Murphy, Frank GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE GENERAL'S DOG`
Recounts events in the life of George Washington that focus on his fondness for animals.
2002 unpaged
Rappaport, Doreen THE BOSTON COFFEE PARTY
During the Revolutionary War, two young sisters help a group of Boston women get coffee from a greedy merchant. (based on a true story).
1988 63 p.


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Berleth, Richard SAMUEL'S CHOICE
Samuel, a 14-year-old slave in Brooklyn in 1776, faces a difficult choice when the fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his doorstep and only he can help the rebels.
1990 unpaged

Cuyler, Margery THE BATTLEFIELD GHOST
When fourth grader John and his sister Lisa move into an old house in Princeton, New Jersey, they find it haunted by the ghost of a Hessian soldier from the Revolutionary War and try to reunite him with the ghost of his beloved horse.
1999 103 p.

Gregory, Kristiana FIVE SMOOTH STONES
HOPE'S DIARY

My America series, book I
In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776.
2001 109 p.

Gregory, Kristiana WE ARE PATRIOTS
HOPE'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR DIARY

My America series, book II
In her diary, 10-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army.
2002 101 p.

Griffin, Judith PHOEBE AND THE GENERALnow known asPHOEBE THE SPY
During the Revolution, Phoebe Fraunces has a chance to save the life of General George Washington while he has dinner at Mortier House in New York City.
1997 46 p.

Hoobler, Dorothy THE SIGN PAINTER'S SECRET
When the Redcoats occupy her house in Philadelphia, young Annie MacDougal finds a way to help General Washington's troops at Valley Forge.
1991 48 p.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine REDCOATS AND PETTICOATS
Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island are displaced by the Redcoats and serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington. 1778-1784.
1999 unpaged

Krensky, Stephen DANGEROUS CROSSING
THE REVOLUTIONARY VOYAGE OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

In 1778, ten-year-old Johnny Adams and his father make a dangerous mid-winter voyage from Massachusetts to Paris in hopes of gaining support for the colonies during the American Revolution.
2005 unpaged

Lunn, Janet CHARLOTTE
New York 1783. True story of Charlotte Haines whose father, an ardent rebel,forbade her to say goodbye to her cousins who were moving to Nova Scotia with the other Loyalists. Upon learning of her disobedience, Charlotte's father disowned her leaving the 10-year-old no alternative but to sail with her cousins and resume life in Saint John.
1998 unpaged

Monjo, F.N. POOR RICHARD IN FRANCE
Benjamin Franklin's seven-year-old grandson recounts the events of his grandfather's visit to France seeking aid for the revolutionaries in America. October 1776.
1973 55 p.

Noble, Tinka Hakes THE SCARLET STOCKINGS SPY
In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother.
2004 48 p.

Osborne, Mary Pope REVOLUTIONARY WAR ON WEDNESDAY
Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.
1999 29 p.

Quackenbush, Robert DAUGHTER OF LIBERTY
A chance encounter with General George Washington in upstate New York during the Revolutionary War leads a young woman to volunteer for a dangerous mission involving the retrieval of valuable papers. November, 1776. Tappan, New York.
1999 52 p.

Seabrooke, Brenda THE CHESTER TOWN TEA PARTY
Following in the example of the people of Boston, the patriots of Chester Town, Maryland dump tea into the bay to protest the unfair tea tax.
1991 28 p.

Tomes, Margot THIS TIME, TEMPE WICK?
Temperance Wick was a real colonial girl whose Tidy brown shingle house still stands the way it did 200 years agon on a quiet back road Near Morristown, New Jersey. 10 thousand Revolutionary soldiers spent the Winters of 1780 and 1781 in Jockey Hollow. Tempe pitched right in to help feed And clothe them, but when the soldiers tried to steal her horse Bon, Tempe got mad! .
1974 43 p.

Tripp, Valerie MEET FELCITY
AN AMERICAN GIRL

In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.
1992 69 p.

Tripp, Valerie FELICITY LEARNS A LESSON
Shortly before the Revolutionary War, nine-year-old Felicity, who lives in Williamsburg, is torn between supporting the tariff-induced tea boycott and saving her friendship with Elizabeth, a young loyalist from England.
1992 69 p.
Tripp, Valerie CHANGES FOR FELICITY
A WINTER STORY

The outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775 brings drastic changes to Felicity's life in Williamsburg, affecting both her family and her friendship with Elizabeth.
1992 69 p.

Tripp, Valerie FELICITY SAVES THE DAY
During a visit to her grandfather's plantation in Virginia during the summer of 1775, Felicity's loyalty is torn between her father and Ben, her father's apprentice.
1992 69 p.

Tripp, Valerie HAPPY BIRTHDAY FELICITY
As her tenth birthday approaches, Felicity is excited by her grandfather's visit, but she is also concerned about the growing tensions between the colonists and the British governor in Williamsburg.
1992 69 p.

Tripp, Valerie FELICITY' SURPRISE
Christmas in Williamsburg means a dancing party at the Governor's Palace for Felicity, but her mother becomes very ill and cannot finish the special blue gown.
1992 69 p.

Turner, Ann KATIE'S TRUNK
Katie, whose family is not sympathetic to the rebel soldiers during the American Revolution, hides under the clothes in her mother's wedding trunk when they invade her home.
1992 unpaged

Turner, Ann WHEN MR. JEFFERSON CAME TO PHILADELPHIA
WHAT I LEARNED OF FREEDOM, 1776

A young boy is fascinated by a lodger at his mother's boardinghouse in the summer of 1776. It turns out that the interesting lodger is Thomas Jefferson. Turner's simple text explains about Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence.
2004 unpaged Find it at your Public Library!

Van Leeuwen, Jean HANNAH OF FAIRFIELD
Pioneer Daughters series
For almost nine-year-old Hannah Perley of Fairfield, Connecticut, growing up means facing new challenges, both great and small--from saving the life of a baby lamb to helping the family prepare to send her brother Ben to join the colonial soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.
1999 87 p.

Van Leeuwen, Jean HANNAH'S HELPING HANDS
Pioneer Daughters series
In 1779 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Hannah and her family try to maintain a sense of normalcy as the Revolutionary War rages around them, threatening to destroy their way of life.
1999 88 p.

VanLeeuwen, Jean HANNAH'S WINTER OF HOPE
Pioneer Daughters series
In 1780 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Hannah worries about her brother Ben, a colonial soldier being held prisoner by the British, and joins her family in rebuilding their home and preparing for Ben's homecoming.
2000 89 p.

Waters, John NIGHT RAIDERS ALONG THE CAPE
When British raids off the coast of New England become more frequent, young Asa must row through the night to warn his friends on the Massachusetts coast of an impending attack.
1997 92 p.

Winnick, Karen SYBIL'S NIGHT RIDE
The true story of the young Sybil Ludington, who, like Paul Revere, rode through the countryside to alert the colonists that the British were coming. April 26 1777 what was then Fredricksburg, part of southern Dutchess County in New York. Today this area is Putnam County.
2000 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Alsheimer, Jeanette THE TROUBLE WITH TEA
In Boston during the summer of 1773, Patience Burgess, a minister's daughter, is swept into the political tensions of the era while visiting her best friend.
2002 171 p.

Avi THE FIGHTING GROUND
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
1984 157 p.

Blackwood, Gary THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN
In 1777, havingt been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, 15-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history. What if the British HAD won the Revolutionary War?
2002 261 p.

Boyd, James DRUMS
Johnny Fraser, the son of Scottish immigrants now living in North Carolina, goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and has adventures on both sides of the Atlantic.
1995 409 p.

Brady, Esther TOLIVER'S SECRET
During the Revolutionary War, a 10-year-old girl crosses enemy lines to deliver a loaf of bread containing a message for the patriots.
1976 166 p.

Bruchac, Joseph THE ARROW OVER THE DOOR
The Saratoga Meeting or Easton Meeting of Quakers and Abenaki Indians near Saratoga, New York brings 14-year-old Samuel, called a coward for his Peace-loving Quaker beliefs and Stands Straight, a young scout for King George together during the summer of 1777.
1998 80 p.

Collier, James THE BLOODY COUNTRY
In the mid-eighteenth century a family moves from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and becomes involved in the property conflict between the two states.
1976 183 p.

Clapp, Patricia I'M DEBORAH SAMPSON

1977 176 p.

Collier, James MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
1974 216 p.

Collier, James WAR COMES TO WILLY FREEMAN
1775. A free thirteen-year-old black girl in Connecticut is caught up in the horror of the Revolutionary War and the danger of being returned to slavery when her patriot father is killed by the British and her mother disappears
1983 178 p.

Collier, James THE WINTER HERO
Anxious to be a hero, a young boy relates how he becomes involved in Shays' Rebellion begun by farmers in western Massachusetts against unfair taxation levied on them by the Boston government.
1978 152 p.

DeFord, Deborah AN EMEMY AMONG THEM
December 1776, Pennsylvania. A young Hessian soldier questions his loyalty to his king after fighting with the British in America during the Revolutionary War and spending time as a prisoner in the home of a German American family from Pennsylvania.
1987 203 p.

Denenberg, Barry THE JOURNAL OF WILLIAM THOMAS EMERSON, A REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT
My Name is America series
William, a 12-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to British rule. Boston, Summer 1774.
1998 130 p.

Durrant, Lynda BETSY ZANE. THE ROSE OF FORT HENRY
In 1781, 12-year-old Elizabeth Zane, great-great-aunt of novelist Zane Grey, leaves Philadelphia to return to her brothers' homestead near Fort Henry in what is now West Virginia where she plays an important role in the final battle of the American Revolution. .
2000 187 p.

Fast, Howard APRIL MORNING
Re-creation of the fateful morning of April 19, 1775, on which British soldiers marched out of Boston to seize and destroy Colonial munitions stockpiled in Concord, Massachusetts. Although history doesn't record who actually fired the first shot on the Lexington green, here it is surmised that the skirmish was initiated by a Colonial zealot named Solomon Chandler. After Concord, Chandler leads ambushes against the retreating British that prove to be a frightening rite of passage for 15-year-old Adam Cooper, the mustered son of a patriotic and prinicipled farmer.
1961 202 p.

Forbes, Esthes JOHNNY TREMAIN
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. (Newbery Medal 1944)
1987 269 p.

Goodman, Joan HOPE'S CROSSING
When kidnapped by English Loyalists during the Revolutionary War, thirteen-year-old Hope draws on every ounce of courage within her to respond to the ordeal.
1998 212 p.

Gregory, Kristiana THE WINTER OF RED SNOW
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR DIARY OF ABIGAIL JANE STEWART, VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA 1777-78

The true story of the young Sybil Ludington, who, like Paul Revere, rode through the countryside to alert the colonists that the British were coming. April 26 1777 what was then Fredricksburg, part of southern Dutchess County in New York. Today this area is Putnam County.
1996 173 p.

Grote, JoAnn THE AMERICAN VICTORY
American Adventure series
In 1781, with the surrender of Cornwallis signalling the end of the war, 8-year-old Paul Lankford is apprehensive about the return of his long-absent father and the nature of their relationship.
2000 143 p.

Grote, Joann KATE AND THE SPIES
Sisters in Time series
The American Revolution
Kate relies on God to decide which side she should choose in the American Revolution which is just beginning in Boston.
2004 141 p.

Jones, Elizabeth McDavid PERIL AT KING'S CREEK
AFelicityMystery
Felicity is spending the summer of 1776 at her family's plantation, King's Creek. She enjoys riding her horse Penny every day, but she soon hears news that British soldiers are burning Patriot farms and stealing their animals.
2006 163 p.

Keehn, Sally MOON OF TWO DARK HORSES
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, hoping to keep away from their valley, a twelve-year-old Delaware Indian boy and his white friend search sacred land for the bones of a legendary beast.
1995 218 p.

Lavender, William JUST JANE
Fourteen-year-old Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776 to find her family and her loyalties divided over the question of American independence.
2002 2267 p.

Lunn, Janet THE HOLLOW TREE
1775. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Olcott, distraught when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged as a British spy, becomes caught up in the turmoil of war when she decides to deliver the secret message Gideon was carrying to the British general at Fort Ticonderoga.
2000 208 p.

Lutz, Norma MAGGIE'S DARE
Sisters in Time series
The Great Awakening
A twelve-year-old Bostonian finds her heart stirred by a major spiritual revival and determines she must dare to help a mistreated slave girl. 1744.
2005 142 p.

Miller, Susan LYDIA THE PATRIOT
Sisters in Time series
The Boston Massacre
Twelve-year-old Bostonian Lydia Lankford knows in her heart of hearts that the patriot cause is true and just-so why can't other members of her family see that, too? When the Boston Massacre occurs, this fictional colonist finds herself witnessing a spark that helps to ignite the American Revolution.
2004 140 p.

Myers, Anna THE KEEPING ROOM
Left in charge of the family by his father, who joins the Revolutionary War effort, 13-year-old Joey undergoes such great changes that he fears he may be betraying his beloved parent.
1997 135 p.

O'Dell, Scott SARAH BISHOP
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness (Long Island).
1980 184 p.

Olasky, Susan ANNIE HENRY AND THE SECRET MISSION
Adventures of the American Revolutions series, Book 1.
Patriot Patrick Henry's ten-year-old daughter Annie helps save the wheat crop on their Virginia plantation from fire and her father from a Tory spy in Richmond.
1995 121 p.

Olasky, Susan ANNIE HENRY AND THE BIRTH OF LIBERTY
Adventures of the American Revolutions series, Book 2.
In 1775 in Virginia, Patrick Henry's 10-year-old daughter, Annie, tries to concentrate on her day-to-day activities but is inincreasingly caught up in her father's role in the colonists' growing unrest.
1995 127 p.

Olasky, Susan ANNIE HENRY AND THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER
Adventures of the American Revolutions series, Book 3.
Ten-year-old Annie Henry encounters conflicting values during the year she lives with her father in the Governor's Mansion in Williamsburg.
1996 144 p.

Olasky, Susan ANNIE HENRY AND THE REDCOATS
Adventures of the American Revolutions series, Book 4.
In 1789, the year Annie Henry turns sixteen, her family moves to Leatherwood on the frontier and eventually she goes to Richmond, where she gets a close look at the Revolutionary War.
1996 127 p.

Paulsen, Gary RIFLE
A priceless, handcrafted rifle, fired throughout the American Revolution, is passed down through the years until it fires on a fateful Christmas Eve of 1994.
1999 105 p.

Pryor, Bonnie
THOMAS
American Adventures series
In the early years of the Revolutionary War, Thomas and his family escape a bloody massacre at Wyoming Valley and endure innumerable hardships as they try to make their way to Philadelphia.
1998 146 p.

Pryor, Bonnie THOMAS IN DANGER
sequel to: THOMAS
Having lost their home when the Revolutionary War reached their part of rural Pennsylvania, Thomas and his family start a new life running an inn in Philadelphia, where Thomas finds new danger that takes him into captivity among the Iroquois.
1999 170 p.

Reit, Seymour GUNS FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON
Frustrated with life under siege in George Washington's army, 19-year-old Will Knox and his brother, Colonel Henry Know, undertake the task of moving 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter.
1990 96 p.

Rinaldi, Ann CAST TWO SHADOWS
The American Revolution in the South
In South Carolina in 1780, 14-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.
1998 267 p.

Rinaldi, Ann FIFTH OF MARCH
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770.
1993 335 p.

Rinaldi, Ann FINISHING BECCA
14-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's Betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War. 1778
1994 342 p.

Rinaldi, Ann A RIDE INTO MORNING
When unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in Morristown, New Jersey, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it.
1991 289 p.

Rinaldi, Ann SECRET OF SARAH REVERE
Spunky 13-year-old Sarah, the daughter of famous patriot Paul Revere, fears that her father's friend, Dr. Joseph Warren, has dishonorable feelings for her mother.
1995 320 p.

Rue, Nancy THE INVASION
Christian Heritage series. Williamsburg years; v 11
When British soldiers plunder his family's plantation near Williamsburg and the overseer hired by his father proves to be dishonest, 11-year-old Thomas takes matters into his own hands.
1997 188 p.

Rue, Nancy THE BATTLE
Christian Heritage series. Williamsburg years; v 6
While the Revolutionary War wages all around him, 12-year-old Thomas fights his own internal battles involving anger, frustrations, and loack of trust in God.
1997 188 p.

Rue, Nancy THE REBEL
Christian Heritage series. Williamsburg years; v 1
10-year-old Thomas Hutchinson struggles with his rebellious nature in the face of a stern father while also experiencing the rising tensions caused by the Revolutionary War.
1996 188 p.

Sterman, Betsy SARATOGA SECRET
In 1777, as General Burgoyne and his British troops invade the upper Hudson River valley, 16-year-old Amity must carry a secret message to the Continental Army to give waring of an impending attack.
1998 267 p.

Stratemeyer, Edward THE MINUTE BOYS OF BUNKER HILL
After participating in the terrible struggle at Bunker Hill, Roger, badly wounded, is separated from his friends and becomes a prisoner of the British.
1998 316 p.

Stratemeyer, Edward THE MINUTE BOYS OF LEXINGTON
In the spring of 1775, determined to help free the colonies from British rule, 16-year-old Roger Morse and his friends organize their own military company and find themselves participating in the first battles of the Revolution at Lexington and Concord.
1996 304 p.