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 who is overcome with doubts that he 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 shows George Washington's transformation from a gentleman farmer with little military experience to a brilliant general, 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, two of which have been named Newbery Honors. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book for middle school researchers. The content is easy to read, but very informative. The illustrations were well chosen. The time line and and list of internet sources are vaulable tools for students.
Have you ever wondered how George Washington kept his army from being overtaken by the British? Or how he was able to convince 17,000 recruits to join the army even when the outlook appeared so grim? Did you know that the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting was actually made by a German artist to inspire European rebellions? If you want to know more, this book is for you! The Crossing, by Jim Murphy, retells the story of George Washington’s many achievements and crushing blunders as commander of the American army during the Revolutionary War. The Crossing starts with George Washington becoming the trepidatious commander of the American army after being unanimously voted into the position by Congress. From here, the book jumps to a vivid description of what was, at the time, Britain’s largest invasion in their history beginning with the landing on Long Island. It is important to note that nearly every page of the book is accompanied with an illustration, furthering the immersion on the topic. When reading this book you can imagine exactly how the battles proceeded, from the battlefield itself to the soldiers own thoughts. This book demonstrates Washington’s gradual transition from an inexperienced general, who is unable to control his army, to a weathered and brilliant tactician striking fear into the enemy. Ultimately, Washington’s actions served as a beacon of courage for his fellow countrymen. Although the book is mostly about Washington’s endeavors, it includes a nice quantity of quotes and information about how the British viewed the war. The Crossing references Washington’s daring plan to ambush the Hessian troops in Trenton. This would require him to stealthily move an army across the rapid icy waters of the Delaware. He felt it was the only chance to save both his own reputation and the pride of the American people. The effect of the surprise offensive would go down in history, but I will let the book tell the tale of this historic battle! After the main chapters, the book provides both a useful timeline of the events of the war and a variety of links to both helpful references and useful study materials. This book is a wonderful short read with lovely pictures, quotes, and a large text size that is suitable for anyone who enjoys reading about our nation’s history. In conclusion, I wanted the book to be longer because each page was filled with wonderful material! I give this book 4 revolutionary stars! Zander H., age 15, Gulf Coast Mensa
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