King George by Steve Sheinkin
What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

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“Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them.”  What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals (“If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston” -- George Washington), and action, It’s the story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts you can’t help but want to tell to everyone you know.

King George: What Was His Problem? is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About Steve Sheinkin

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Steve Sheinkin is the recipient of the YASLA award for Excellence in Nonfiction. He resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Published July 7, 2009 by Flash Point. 208 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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For middle-graders who find Joy Hakim’s 11-volume A History of US just too daunting, historian Sheinkin offers a more digestible version of our country’s story—opening with an account of the American Revolution from the despised but not-unreasonable Stamp Act to the dramatic race to Yorktown.

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