This story is based on the real events that happened to nine year old Ariel Bradley.
Ariel is asked by his brothers to help out George Washington. He is to take his horse, Salt and wonder into the enemy camp to see how many soldiers, guns and supplies they have. Ariel is to play a "Johnny Raw" to get into the camp. Pretending to look for a mill to grind some corn, Ariel is able to enter the camps and get the needed information. He returns to George Washington with the information and this leads to an American win at the Battle of White Plains.
I will definitely be using this book when I teach the American Revolution this year. My students will be able to see the war through the eyes of a child and I think that will give them a different perspective on it. The illustrations are beautifully done by Joe Rossi and make the story come to life. A definite must buy if you teach the American Revolution!
Thanks go to Netgalley and Vanita Books for a free digital copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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