By the Sword

By the Sword

A Young Man Meets War

By Selene Castrovilla; Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)

Calkins Creek Books, Hardcover, 9781590784273, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 2007

Young schoolteacher Benjamin Tallmadge--with his trusty horse Highlander--enlist in George Washington's army to partake in the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolution. Tallmadge, spurred by the cry for freedom at Lexington and Concord, sacrifices his career and his dreams to join Washington's army. Tallmadge and Highlander face fiery combat at the Battle of Long Island in August 1775. The young man grapples with the realities of being a soldierthe blasts of cannons, the smell of gunpowder, the relentlessness of the enemy. Will the battered Americans escape from Brooklyn unhurt? Selene Castrovilla has woven Benjamin Tallmadge's own account, along with details from primary-source documents and extensive research, into this thrilling narrative of one of American history's most harrowing moments.

About the Author
Selene Castrovilla is a novelist and nonfiction author. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons.

BILL FARNSWORTH is the illustrator of more than fifty children's books. His work includes images for the Kaya books in the American Girl Series, and he has received numerous awards and honors, including Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and selection for the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show. Farnsworth's warmly-lit oil paintings gracefully illuminate the Maine landscape and

Sockalexis's days on the baseball diamond. Farnsworth lives with his family in Venice, Florida.