Sophia's war : a tale of the Revolution

by Avi, 1937-

Format: Print Book ©2012.
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Summary
Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist.

In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: She's young, she's a girl, and she's running out of time. And if she fails, she's facing an execution of her own.
Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In 1776, 12-year-old Sophia and her parents live in British-occupied New York City. When John Andre, a charming English officer, is quartered in their home, Sophia idealizes him. But after he refuses to help her brother, a captured American soldier who later dies on a squalid prison ship, her opinion changes. Sophia becomes a spy in 1780 and discovers Andre's plot to capture West Point with the help of the traitorous American general Benedict Arnold. Unable to pass along the information through the usual channels, she travels northward on her own, hoping to alert the American forces to Arnold's treachery. The book's riveting opening scene, in which Sophie watches as Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy, foreshadows the danger she knowingly accepts by engaging in espionage. Few historical novels are as closely shaped by actual events as this one during the last 100 pages. Working within the bounds of credibility, Avi manages to keep the fictional narrator on the scene for a good deal of the action and uses real moments to bring the imagined story to its dramatic heights. A glossary of eighteenth-century terms and an author's note are appended. Pair this intriguing historical novel with Sheinkin's The Notorious Benedict Arnold (2010).--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Newbery Medalist Avi (Crispin: The Cross of Lead) channels the mood, language, and danger of the Revolutionary War in this seamless blend of history and fiction, set in British-occupied New York City. Twelve-year-old Sophia Calderwood idolizes her older brother, William, a fervent Patriot soldier who has gone missing after the Battle of Brooklyn. In the first half of the book, Sophia's desperate search for William leads her to several deplorable prisons where rebels are being held. The second half takes place when Sophia, now 15, becomes a spy who uncovers the truth about Benedict Arnold. The book is chockful of fascinating historical details, including the conditions for those stranded in New York and the failed meetings between Arnold and John Andre, his (real-life) British contact. Avi doesn't sugarcoat the brutal realities of war as Sophia races to find help intercepting John Andre, who was also a boarder in her home years earlier and her first crush, in this rich, nail-biting thriller. A glossary of period terms and an author's note are included. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Prisoners and prisons -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Prisoners and prisons -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.
War fiction.
Publisher New York :Beach Lane Books,©2012.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 302 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781442414419
1442414413
9781442414426
1442414421
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