In a monochromatic graphic novel (red), Nathan Hale is set to hang for spying and treason against the king (King George the Third of England, that is) when he gets whisked away by a giant history book, only to return seconds later with knowledge into the future of what is to become American History.
That fantasy aside, this graphic novel provides insight into the life and times of Nathan Hale, considered America’s most famous spy (and failure). Known for having supposedly uttered as his last words: “I regret I have but one life to give for my country”, Hale was executed amidst a shroud of mystery in 1776. In this book he tells about what led him to that execution. It’s difficult to classify this book as it provides historical references and a bibliography; however it’s an entertaining read and should inspire readers to seek out the facts.
127 pages Ages 8-12
Nathan Hale; American Revolution; British; hanging; hangmen; military; freedom; liberty; spy; espionage; war; Crispus Attucks; Boston; Battle of Long Island; Manhattan; New York; Massachusetts; Ethan Allen; Henry Knox; Thomas Knowlton; George Washington; Redcoats; militia; Benedict Arnold; Robert Rogers; Stephen Hempstead; Benjamin Tallmadge; patriotism; soldiers; loyalty; riots; massacre; independence; starvation; theft; mercenaries; spy craft; treason)
Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA