J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Notorious Benedict Society

Among this year’s Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winners in children’s literature is The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin.

This is not a picture-book biography, but a 300-page book for readers in the upper elementary grades. It received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and praise here here from Abhi, age 11, of Gahanna, Ohio. The publisher offers an extract from the start of the book.

Sheinkin has also written a shorter, lighter book about a bigger topic: King George, What Was His Problem?: The Whole Hilarious Story of the Revolution.

1 comment:

pilgrimchick said...

This sounds great, actually. I am glad to see books like this coming out for students. They really need more of that.