The Crossing: How George Washington Saved The American Revolution

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With his engaging and timeless narrative prose, two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy tells the awe-inspiring story of George Washington's glorious fight for an independent America.

It is 1776, and George Washington and his army of rebellious American colonists are emboldened by its stunning victories over the British at Lexington and Concord. But now, the Americans face the threat of a brutal British retaliation.

George Washington, who has little experience with a threat of this magnitude, is unanimously chosen as commander in chief in hopes he can unite the colonies. Britain's army is massive and well trained. America's is small and unruly. As the British begin their invasion of New York City and its environs, George Washington isn't the only one (continued)

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It is the spring of 1776 and American is jubilant at having driven the British out of Boston. But now it faces the threat of brutal retaliation that could destroy any chance of victory.

As the year draws to a close, Britain's army is massed, well-trained, and ready to pounce; America's forces are small, untrained, and unruly. George Washington, who has little real experience with a threat of this magnitude, is unanimously chosen as commander in chief in hopes that he can unite the ragtag Continental army. As the British begin their invasion of New York City and its environs, George Washington isn't the only one with doubts that he, and the country he leads, can succeed against such overwhelming odds.

In this breathtaking account of a pivotal time in the American Revolution, two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy allows us to experience George Washington's transformation from an indecisive leader into a brilliant and confident commander as he delivers the country from the blackest of times --- into the brightest of futures.

About the Author:

Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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