Revolutionary Friends

Revolutionary Friends by Selene CastrovillaRevolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette

by Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Highlights Press/Calkins Creek Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2013

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The Marquis de Lafayette anxiously approaches the doors of City Tavern. His mission: to meet his hero, General George Washington, and sign on to the patriot cause. Lafayette had traveled far—all the way from France—and had overcome many obstacles just to get to Philadelphia. Will the general accept his aid? Lafayette’s youth, determination,and smarts impress Washington, and the relationship that results from that first meeting is revolutionary. Their friendship builds alliances between France and America at just the right time.How did a French teen nobleman become George Washington’s “adopted son”? This new book explores this most unique and fascinating friendship, which proved crucial to American victory.

Teachers: view a pdf version of the Teachers’ Guide here.

Awards & Honors

Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth: 2013

Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Books

California Reading Association Eureka! Honor Book Award

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year 2014

Praise for Revolutionary Friends

“Using primary documents and direct quotes from the featured historical figures, author Selene Castrovilla has presented the background for the Marquis de Lafayette’s arrival in America to meet and help General George Washington in the War for Independence in 1777. Lafayette is just nineteen years old when defies his own king’s orders and leaves France to sail to America to fight for freedom and the patriotic cause. Washington is reluctant to accept this offer of assistance from the eager young nobleman but when Lafayette proves himself to be an excellent soldier at the Battle of Brandywine, Washington recognizes the young man’s abilities and sincerity to be part of the cause. The two men become good friends and when Lafayette is wounded in the leg, Washington tells the doctor to treat him as he would his own son. This excellent account of these two men is told with historical accuracy and detail, yet is a wordy picture book for younger readers. Three more additional pages at the end of the book continue giving additional background information including a glossary of the French words with definitions that are sprinkled through the book, places to visit, and a bibliography. Kozjan’s pen and ink illustrations are appealing and include parchment-style scrolled letters throughout the book that are taken from Lafayette’s letters and diaries. A detailed standards-based teacher’s guide is available at the author’s website.”
— Karen Hildebrand, Ohio Library and Reading Consultant


Blood spilled from his boot.
He needed help — immédiatement!
Gimat, his aide, appeared at his side and hastily wrapped the wound.
The enemy was near — they were closing in.
Lafayette was almost taken.
Gimat found a horse and boosted Lafayette up. Allez!
His leg throbbing in protest, Lafayette rode twelve miles to a stone bridge — on the heels of the frenzied retreating American troops.
He stopped them and established a degree of order.
Duties done, Lafayette dropped — from pain, from exhaustion.
The Americans had lost.
But they’d fight another day.

Educator’s Guide

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Revolutionary Friends Educator's Guide


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