Road To Revolution! The Cartoon Chronicles of America by Stan Mack and Susan Champlin - Book Review

The Road to Revolution! is the first in series of graphic novels, titled The Cartoon Chronicles of America, featuring fictional characters interacting within the specifics of American history.

Nick is a street-smart orphan-boy. Penny’s the indefatigable daughter of a Boston tavern owner. The British are everywhere, exerting their power over the colonists. Very quickly Nick and Penny are thrown into the heat of the action building up to the start of the Revolutionary War. The Old North Church lanterns, the midnight ride, the Battle at Bunker Hill as well as numerous American revolutionaries stumble through the fast-paced story. As Nick and Penny witness the revolution unfold, readers learn key information about this time in American history without the didactic feel of a textbook or even a nonfiction account.

The Road to Revolution! is an excellent addition for both classroom and elementary libraries serving students in grades 3-6 and is especially beneficial for reluctant readers or for use during units of study involving the American Revolution.

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Genre: Historical Fiction. Age: 9-12. Pages:128.

Themes: Cooperation, Courage
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Date: July 2009.
ISBN-10: 1599903717 / ISBN-13: 978-1599903712.
Thanks to Media Masters Publicity for my copy.

Order The Road to Revolution! Here This title will be released on July 21, 2009.

You can read more about author Stan Mack on his website

Publisher Website: Bloomsbury USA

Author quote from Publisher’s Weekly: “…These stories will be straight, juicy adventure stories. The history will be solid but young readers won’t need to know the history to enjoy the books.” … And while all the books in the series will feature a young boy and girl, Mack emphasized that the girl will have an equal role in the narrative….”

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Review also posted as National Reading Examiner.

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