The Invasion of Sandy Bay (Hardcover)

By Anita Sanchez

Calkins Creek, 9781590785607, 148pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

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A young boy plays a key role when the War of 1812 comes to his Massachusetts coastal fishing village. The little town of Sandy Bay, Massachusetts, was the site of one of the wildest invasions in U.S. history, when the might of the British Empire came up against hardheaded New England townsfolk. The Invasion of Sandy Bay, based on eyewitness accounts of actual events, tells the tale—through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy—of what happened on the night when the British put too much gunpowder in one of their cannons. The hilarious—and true—events of the topsy-turvy invasion are set against the backdrop of the dangerous lives of the fishermen. Includes author's notes and bibliography.

About the Author

Anita Sanchez spent her early childhood on Cape Ann, the site of The Invasion of Sandy Bay. A graduate of Vassar College, she has been an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for thirty years. She is the author of The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion. She lives in Amsterdam, New York. The Invasion of Sandy Bay is her first book for children.

Praise For The Invasion of Sandy Bay

"Should be welcomed by readers of the genre." --Kirkus Reviews

"History buffs will enjoy reading a war story that is so well grounded in actual events." --Booklist

"A unique perspective to the War of 1812. . . . Aside from publicizing this little-known incident, the novel also fleshes out what daily life was like with an afterword that helps separate fact from fiction." --Library Media Connection