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A Young Patriot

The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy

Jim Murphy


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The story of the American Revolution as experienced by a Connecticut farm boy who enlisted in the army in 1776. Only fifteen when he enlisted, Joseph Plumb Martin spent the rest of his teen and young adult years marching, working, fighting, foraging, and starving while serving under the likes of Washington and Lafayette.

A Young Patriot skillfully weaves together excerpts from Martin’s wartime account with the author’s explanatory text to create a fascinating and factual history of the American Revolution.

Through the mix of Martin’s observations and experiences, the historical context that Murphy provides, and maps and archival prints, the book vividly reveals the grit and drama of war — and a teenager who was eyewitness to a Revolution.

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Praise For A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy

"An outstanding example of history brought to life through the experience of one individual." — School Library Journal (starred review)

Clarion Books, 9780395900192, 112pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 1998

About the Author

Jim Murphy's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them two Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family.