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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: John Hancock was one of the leaders of the American Revolution. He was admired for his intelligence, leadership, and bravery. With his friends John Adams, Paul Revere, and Sam Adams, he successfully organized colonial resistance to the British and founded the United States of America. This book focuses on the influence of family, friends, and neighbors who helped shape young John into a responsible citizen and patriot. This is an historical biography of John Hancock's childhood.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 8 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Review pending.
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: These are great books. The series has sustained its popularity for years. The author knows and respect the audience and provides the reader with enjoyment from cover to cover.
Pros: This is yet another title in the Young Patriot Series that offers readers stories that are wholesome, engaging, and enjoyable. Once introduced to “The Young Patriots Series”, readers will actively search for additional titles.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book and any other volume in the series deserve to be purchased. The series should certainly be available in a school or classroom biography collection.
Educational Themes: This book focuses on the childhood experiences of John Hancock, showing that his success as an adult is the result of his experiences growing up. There are lots of creative and imaginative ways to use these stories in the classroom.
Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, US history, middle grade series, biography, US history