The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson (Scholastic Biography)

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson (Scholastic Biography)

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ISBN-13: 9780590430524
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/1990
Series: Scholastic Biography
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 70,120
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.

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The Secret Soldier 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Secret Soldier is a very detailed and interesting book. It is a great book for children and adults. Deborah wanted to go to the army so she had to pretend to be a boy. This book had lots of action. It made the book exciting to read. I learned a lot of facts about the Revolutionary War. I would give this book 4 stars for its details and historical facts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a woman named Deborah Sampson. The struggle in her life made her want to go to adventure and a war was coming up so she decided to join the army! Back then, Girls were'nt allowed to join the army so she disguised herself in order to join! Read this book to find out how'd it turned out...
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a brief, easy to read (RL3) biography of Deborah Sampson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man so she could fight in the American Revolution. The story is told quickly but in an entertaining, interesting way. While being a biography for children I think the proper term would be "biographical fiction" as much dialogue and feelings are used which couldn't possibly be known as fact, plus there is no index. But that is no reason not to read the book, as far as I know the facts are all true. Sampson was a remarkable woman for her time, who defied social conventions and led the life of adventure that she so yearned for. After her days of adventure she did marry and have children, as was expected at the time. When the truth came out everyone was totally shocked and had no idea that the young soldier was indeed a woman. An interesting tale of one of the early woman refusing to play her requisite role as a female in a male dominated world.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McGovern, Ann. (1990). The secret soldier: the story of Deborah Sampson. New York: Scholastic, Inc.This biography tells the story of the life of Deborah Sampson, who in 1782 at 22 years old joined the Continental Army disguised as a man. This book tells her story in a narrative, relating the facts of her life, as well as day-to-day events and her thoughts and feelings about her life and the momentous events occurring around her. The book starts when her mother, a widow, has to leave her with her adult cousin because she can¿t care for her five children. It continues with Sampson¿s childhood years as an indentured servant. It then moves on to her work in dull jobs and the decision she makes to disguise herself as a man and join the Continental Army so she can see adventure. She lives and fights alongside the men of the army for 17 months, and she is wounded. She is later honorably discharged and reveals her secret. The book then tells of her life as a wife and mother who, still craving adventure, goes on the lecture circuit to speak of her experiences.This simplified biography will appeal to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. With its simple, easy-to-read language and illustrations that highlight the text, it gives young readers an opportunity to learn about a unique person who accomplished an amazing feat. The story is told from a third person omniscient point of view and relates the facts of Sampson¿s life accurately. The narrator also relates Sampson¿s thoughts and feelings. While this works to bring the reader closer to Sampson, it¿s a problem unless these thoughts and feelings were recorded in one of Sampson¿s journals or in Sampson¿s letters. There is no bibliography, so this can¿t be checked. However, McGovern makes several references to things Sampson wrote in her journal and quotes an entry. This gives the biography some credibility and at the same time makes Sampson seem real to young readers. As McGovern tells it, Sampson¿s story is compelling. McGovern presents Sampson as a multidimensional person. She shows her to be a dutiful worker who hated the dullness of being trapped in a position with no hope of seeing adventure. She shows how Sampson dug a musket ball out of her own leg to avoid having to disrobe in front of a doctor and reveal her secret. Also, McGovern tells about Sampson speaking of the horrors of war in her lectures. This is a simplified biography so Sampson¿s life is simplified; yet McGovern does a good job of presenting a well-rounded person who can be seen by children both as an example of all the people who fought and were affected by the Revolutionary War, and as a example of a woman being brave and successful in combat, something that has long been seen as a man¿s field.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like books about adventures and the army? Then "The Secret Soldier" by Ann McGovern is for you. Deborah Sampson started off in a rough life in Massachusetts. As she grew up she wanted adventure. This was not easy for women back then. Read this book to find out how Deborah got what she wanted. My favorite part of "The Secret Soldier" is when the army finds out that Deborah is a woman, because they found the first woman to join the army. That's kind of amazing! This book makes me think about how now women are allowed to join the army. This is why you should choose this book. (Derek is in 3rd grade and gives this book five stars)
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A good informational book (in story format for youngsters) about Deborah Sampson. She was a very brave woman during the Revolutionary War, posing as a male soldier. She had endurance and faith in herself to conquer what she did. Although a very brief account of her life, this is a great book for students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago