Rockwell, Anne. Ill. by Floyd Cooper. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent. Lerner Publishing Company, 2016. $17.99. INFORMATION.
Originally a slave to a tobacco farmer, slave James was allowed to become a double agent for the Americans and French. Passing as a runaway slave, he passed information he learned from the British to the Americans and passed false information to the British. His efforts helped immensely in the fight for American independence. This is his story.
This illustrations leave something to be desired, because they’re dark and not vivid in detail. The text, however, is informative and the layout is well done. The author’s note and sources for further reading are also included for alignment with common core standards. This is a great addition to any non-fiction collection.
EL MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.