The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully
(I Can Read Book 4)

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In the War of 1812, the small ship-building town of St. Michaels on the Maryland coast is expecting a British attack. When the British fleet is sighted, the townsfolk evacuate.

Twelve-year-old Caroline Banning is determined to stay and help protect her home. As the fastest runner in town, she carries messages for the defending soldiers and spreads the word when a clever plan is hatched to save St. Michaels. But when the British assault begins, it is Caroline's courage -- not her speed -- that will be tested.

Drawing on historical fact and local lore, Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully has created an original story of suspense and bravery.


About Emily Arnold McCully

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Emily Arnold McCully, Author and illustrator Emily McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois and raised on Long Island. Her father Wade was a writer of network radio shows and her mother Kathryn was a teacher. When she was a child, she began writing and illustrating her own stories, bound them and gave them a copyright date. She also illustrated postcards, greeting cards, scenery, portraits and copies of the old masters and would then set up a stand at the end of her driveway to sell them. McCully attended Pembroke University studying theater and art history. After graduation, McCully held a variety of odd jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's "Sea Beach Express." She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated de Jong's "Journey from the Peppermint Express," which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award. McCully had her first solo venture with "Picnic," which is a wordless picture book about a family of mice, and it won the Christopher Award in 1985. "Mirette on the High Wire" introduced the dare devil tightrope walker, Mirette, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Some of her other titles in include "Amazing Felix," "Crossing the New Bridge," "Grandmas at the Lake," "My Real Family," and "Pirate Queen.
Published February 2, 2014 by StarWalk Kids Media. 34 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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