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Lafayette, Notre Ami

21824 Lafayette and the American Revolution
by Russell Freedman
Holiday House, 2010
96 pages

How did Seigneur Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, a "boy general who had never fired a shot in battle," go on to become one of George Washington's closest aides—and a bona fide hero of the American Revolution? Russell Freedman, one of the best nonfiction writers for kids, deftly lays out a fascinating account of the teen-aged French nobleman who volunteered for the cause, our cause.

A fine choice for history buffs sixth grade and up, Lafayette and the American Revolution was nominated for a Cybil award in the middle grade/young adult nonfiction category. So was Freedman's longer book The War to End All Wars, which I mentioned here and here.


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I'm hot to take a look at this book because just before I saw it reviewed for the first time I happened to see a really good PBS documentary on Lafayette. So now I'm ready for more Lafayette.

Oooh, I'll have to look for the PBS show.

Freedman's book is just the ticket for those of us who don't want to read the 6-volume bio! I even got teary at the end, but I won't say at what part. No spoilers... I do wish the book had a map; that's my only quibble. I forgot to put that in the writeup.

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