Monday, April 5, 2010

Soldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass

Klass, Sheila Solomon Soldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson pgs. 215 Henry Holt and Co. Language~G, Sexual Content~PG; Violence~PG-13

“In the 1700s, women's responsibilities were primarily child rearing and household duties. But Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. She wanted to read, to travel—and to fight for her country’s independence.” from front flap

Growing up Deborah Sampson was a head strong girl, always going against convention. It is no surprise that when she turned 18 and was finally her own woman, that she decided to turn convention completely on its head. Assuming the name of Robert Shurtliff, Deborah enlisted and fought in the Continental Army for over a year. Klass takes this extraordinary true story and builds a wonderful historical fiction adventure about a strong female heroine. In her author’s note, Klass does provide a brief biographical sketch and a chronology of events.

There is no sex or sexual innuendo, but there is discussion of breasts and menstruation. The violence is minimal and stems from war action.

MS/HS –ESSENTIAL Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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