Pat Frade


Excellent, Intermediate, Sheila Solomon Klass, History, Revolution, Deborah Sampson, Soldiers, Disguise

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Book Review


Deborah Sampson wanted more out of life than child rearing and household duties. She wanted to read, to travel, and to have adventures. She never had any desire to be a man, but when her family abandons her and her country needs her, she determines to do everything she can to be able to fight like a man. She enlists in the army to support General Washington in the War for Independence, disguising herself and battling as a young man—and fooling everyone for over a year. She learned the hardships of the War first hand and kept her identity hidden until she was wounded.