Sam the Minuteman
This historical book in the "I Can Read Book" series by Nathaniel Benchley is published by HarperCollins Publishers and is written for kids ages 7 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Sam Brown's quiet life on a farm in Lexington, Mass., ends abruptly with the start of the American Revolution. Although still a boy, he's expected to join his father and other males in their efforts to thwart British control. In addition to fighting British soldiers, Sam battles his own fears — particularly after his friend is shot in the leg. Accompanying two-toned sketches capture the action and emotion of this significant period in our nation's history.
Other Belief Systems
Several illustrations depict men firing muskets and bodies lying on the ground. One shows a small amount of blood from a leg wound.
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This book was first published in 1969; it is often used in second-grade classrooms.
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Readability Age Range
7 to 10
The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year