Join the Dark Side! Revolutionary Rogues tells the story of Benedict Arnold, and how he became the real life Darth Vader. It is a tale of humanity perfect to teach children about American history, and it is also a cautionary tale for today.
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Revolutionary Rogues has made two lists from School Library Journal!
“For a native New Yorker, nothing says fall like the crisp of leaves on the
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Booklist loves Revolutionary Rogues, too!
“No name in the annals of U.S. history is more synonymous with treachery and betrayal than Benedict Arnold. Perhaps not so well known is the British major that was Arnold’s coconspirator, young and ambitious John André. The book is a study in contrast: André considers the benefit of his country, while Arnold acts only for the benefit of himself. In fact, Arnold’s motivations are examined with great detail, from his ardor for his pretty, young Loyalist wife, Peggy Shippen, to his ire over not being amply recognized for his acts of valor, to his want of money and a more opulent lifestyle. This in-depth look at Arnold’s personality, rooted heavily in primary source materials, creates a far more complex portrait than the one provided by most textbooks. The chronological telling of the men’s plot to take West Point provides countless opportunities for critical thinking and discussion. With colorful illustrations and insightful observations, books like this one make the names recorded in history much more human.
And Publisher’s Weekly revels in its grimness:
“[John] O’Brien joins Castrovilla for this companion to Revolutionary Friends, which focused on George Washington and Lafayette. This time, she explores the relationship between a less reputable Revolutionary duo: British major John André and West Point commander Benedict Arnold, who conspired to surrender the fort to the British. The third-person narration switches between the men, frequently imagining their thoughts and nervousness (“John forced himself to think past all this danger and suspense—to the taking of West Point!”), as well as their anger and hopelessness as their plan failed. As in his books about Jefferson and Franklin, O’Brien’s squirrely ink lines and watercolor washes bring a certain playfulness to the 18th-century setting, despite the dire subject and high stakes. A grim account of two men done in by quests for personal glory. Ages 9–11.”
Writer and reviewer Kimberly Sabatini gives Revolutionary Rogues 5 out of 5 stars:
“This book is a dream for teachers and librarians sharing this important part of our country’s history with their students.”