The Shot Heard Round the World: The Battles of Lexington and Concord (First Battles)

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Grade 5-7-Highlighting the early part of the Revolutionary period, this book clearly defines the changing political climate of the times. Whitelaw starts with the Boston Massacre and chronicles the events that led to dissatisfaction with the British and eventually to war. Samuel Adams commands center stage as each rebellious act is countered by a punishment from the British. Notable events are detailed in each chapter, with military strategy becoming more prevalent as the book unfolds. Suspense builds as spies on both sides participate in intrigue and duplicity. Students will be drawn into the exciting adventures made famous by the Sons of Liberty and Paul Revere. The black-and-white reproductions enliven the text, although a few, including a map of Boston in 1776, are somewhat grainy and indistinct. In a nice touch, the appendix gives a one- or two-sentence biography of the famous leaders mentioned in the book. Deborah Kent's Lexington and Concord (Children's, 1998) is geared to younger children and does not delve deeply into the history that brought about the War.
Ilene Abramson, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 5-8. Covering more than the subtitle implies, this book opens with the Boston Massacre in 1770 and provides a good, succinct retelling of events in Boston, beginning with that "first bloodshed" and culminating in 1775, with the first battles of the American Revolution. Whitelaw does not attempt to introduce every prominent figure, but she provides memorable portrayals of a few, such as Sam Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. She notes that some stories are legends, for instance, Revere sending his dog home with a note for his wife, instructing her to dispatch his spurs via return dog. Appendixes include an annotated list of famous leaders mentioned in the text, a glossary, chapter notes, and a bibliography. Reproductions of period prints and paintings, including many portraits, appear throughout the book. From the First Battles series, this is a clear, well-organized discussion of events in Boston leading up to the American Revolution. Carolyn Phelan
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