0n his fourteenth birthday, Francis Livingstone receives a Dickert rifle, some pencils, and two boxes of paper for doing what he loves best -- drawing. He could not know then just how important these gifts would become -- not only to him and to his family, but to the entire Patriot cause.
It's the spring of 1780, and the Revolutionary War is raging. Before the war reaches Francis's South Carolina home, Francis travels straight into the heart of conflict -- to his grandmother's tavern in Camden, where he must watch his every move while he is forced to host the enemy. There he gets his first taste of what war is really like, but it won't be his last. When the fighting spreads closer to home, he discovers how he might use his gifts to protect his family and their way of life.
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G. Clifton Wisler is the award-winning author of more than seventy books, including Run The Blockadeand Red Cap, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
A former journalism and English teachers, G. Clifton Wisler is an active Boy Scouts leader. He is currently completing a doctorate in Civil War history at the University of North Texas. Mr. Wisler lives in Plano, Texas.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 Divided loyalties, adventure, and intrigue figure into this Revolutionary War-era, coming-of-age story. Francis Livingstone, 14, and his family live in the mountains of North Carolina and have relatives in the South Carolina settlements. Some of the families in the area are patriots; others are loyalists, making it hard to know whom to trust. When the teen and his sister, Kate, are sent to help their grandmother run a tavern in Camden, SC, they witness firsthand the cruelty of the British troops and their Tory allies. Afterward, Francis reluctantly takes up arms to join his father and other patriots in the fight against the British. He works as a scout, drawing pictures of the enemy camps, and later enters the battle at Kings Mountain. Francis is a fully fleshed-out character. His fears, doubts, and concerns are all on display, from his revulsion at shooting another human being to seeking his father's love and approval. This story also highlights a little-known piece of the Revolutionary War and will intrigue those interested in the topic. The illustrations are rather simplistic and do not add much to the text. However, readers will most likely pick this up for the story, not the artwork. -Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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