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|Siege : how General Washington kicked the British out of Boston and launched a Revolution|
Author: Orgill, Roxane
It is the summer of 1775. The British occupy Boston and its busy harbor, holding residents captive and keeping a strong military foothold. The threat of smallpox looms, and the town is cut off, even from food supplies. Following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Congress unanimously elects George Washington commander in chief of the American armed forces, and he is sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to transform the ragtag collection of volunteer militiamen into America's first army.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/17)
School Library Journal (04/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/18)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 Gr 7 Up—In the summer of 1775, General George Washington and his troops could barely get the American Revolution off the ground. In her collection of free verse poems, Orgill covers the chaotic beginnings of the fight for independence. Each poem, titled by the character or event that's being discussed, is a crystal-clear snapshot. Through strong imagery, readers are transported back in time and can see, hear, and even smell the revolution. Points of view are switched often throughout to give a broad picture of all aspects of war. While there are many books on this time period, there are not many that are written in verse. The back matter offered is substantial and there are source notes for specific quotations and characterizations, including Orgill's representation of William Lee, who was enslaved by George Washington. The bibliography offers print and up-to-date digital resources, along with how the author used them and which ones were particularly useful to her research. While this collection of poems is a clever way to present information, it should not be used as a reference source for school reports, as these are poems based on historical events. VERDICT A gateway book to the American Revolution for reluctant readers and fans of Hamilton.—Kerri Williams, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.