Article Title

Sophia's War


Emily Loveless


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, historical, revolutionary war, mysteries and detectives, loyalty, family

Document Type

Book Review


When Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in 1776, it cements her determination to support the American cause. But living in British-occupied New York City leaves little opportunity for rebellion. When her brother is taken prisoner, she begs the officer boarded at her home to help secure his release, but he refuses, and her brother dies. Sophia redoubles her efforts for the revolution and is recruited to work as a spy in General Clinton’s headquarters. She learns of a plot that could end the war in British favor: an American is switching sides, but Sophia must take it into her own hands to sabotage the fateful meeting. Her determination and tenacity ultimately serve to expose Benedict Arnold, an act that proves a crucial contribution to the Americans’ success.