Bunker Hill Companion List

A Children's Companion List for Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick
Our Community Read Selection for 2014
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Non-Fiction for Younger Readers (up to grade 2)


Brown, Don. Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution
J 973.3 BRO
Presents an illustrated account of bookseller Henry Knox's heroic contributions during the Revolutionary War, describing how he dragged fifty-nine cannons to Boston across 225 miles filled with danger and hardship.

Clinton, Catherine. Phillis's Big Test J B PIC WHEATLEY, P./CLI
The story of Phyllis Wheatley of Boston, Mass., a slave, who published a book of poetry in 1773 after taking an examination and proving to 18 of the most influential men in Boston that she had indeed written the poems herself.

Jules, Jacqueline. Unite or Die : How Thirteen States Became a Nation
J 973.3 JUL
The children of Forest Lake Elementary School trod the boards in a dramatic reenactment of how the United States Constitution came to be.

Kerley, Barbara. Those Rebels, John and Tom
J B PIC ADAMS, J/KER
A dual portrait of two American founding fathers shares introductions to the many ways they helped a young United States in spite of their disparate views, tracing how they overcame interpersonal differences at key points in the nation's early history. See also Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (J 973.4 JUR) for more on these two historical figures.

Malaspina, Ann. Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley J 973.4 MAL
In the fall of 1775, General George Washington was struggling to find a way to fight the British so that the colonies could be free from England. Phillis Wheatley, an African American poet who herself had struggled to gain freedom, decided to write Washington a poem of encouragement.

Minor, Wendell. Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z J 973.3 MIN
From Acts (as in the Stamp Act) to Zane (as in Elizabeth Zane who brought gunpowder to Fort Henry in the middle of a battle), each letter introduces readers to the people, places and events that gave birth to the nation.

Osborne, Mary Pope and Boyce, Natalie Pope. American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday
J PB EASY O
Presents a picture of life in colonial America and reviews the causes and major events of the American Revolution.

Non-Fiction for Older Readers (grade 3 and up)

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution J 973.3 AND
The fascinating stories of 22 women—both recognizable names and little known characters-- are collected here.

Brown, Don. Let It Begin Here: April 19, 1775: The Day the American Revolution Began J 973.3 BRO
Provides an informative look at the events that lead up to this important day in history when American heroes took a stand against an oppressive monarch in order gain the freedom they deserved in the new land they worked hard to build.

Burgan, Michael. The Battle of Bunker Hill: An Interactive History Adventure J 973.331 BUR
You are a Patriot in the American Revolution, ready to fight for independence and the right to prosper in this new land, OR . . . you are a British soldier, sent to fight for England against the American rebels, OR . . . you are a Boston civilian trying to make sense of the chaos overtaking your city.

Cook, Peter. You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea You'd Rather Not Drink
J 973.3 COO
You can pretend to be a part of history in this book told from the perspective of a person who lived through it. Includes a section on the battle of Bunker Hill.

Edwards, Roberta. Who was Paul Revere? J B REVERE,P./ EDW
A biography of the patriot of the Revolution who had many trades, among them silver work, manufacture of copper, casting of bells, engraving, and dentistry. See other books in the "Who Was" and "What Was" series for biographies of other Revolutionary war era figures and explanations of historical events.

Giblin, James Cross. The Many Rides of Paul Revere
J 973.3 GIB
Paul Revere is commonly remembered as a Revolutionary War hero for his legendary Midnight Ride, but he was also a famed silversmith, a practicing dentist, a resourceful entrepreneur, and an engraver of cartoons and paper money.

Murray, Stuart. American Revolution J 973.3 MUR
In this Eyewitness book, discover how a few brave patriots battled a great empire-- the commanders, the conflicts, and the weaponry.

Schanzer, Rosalyn. George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides J 973.3 SCH
Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution.

Sheinkin, Steve. King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution J 973.3 SHE
What do the most famous traitor in history, hundreds of naked soldiers, and a salmon lunch have in common? They're all part of the amazing story of the American Revolution.

Fiction for Younger Readers (up to grade 2)

Benchley, Nathaniel. Sam, the Minuteman J EASY BEN and J PB EASY B
An easy-to-read account of Sam and his father fighting as minutemen against the British in the Battle of Lexington.

Borden, Louise. Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution J PIC BOR
Henry complains to the royal governor, General Gage, after his plan to sled down the steep hill at Boston Common is thwarted by the masses of British troops camped there.

Krensky, Stephen. Dangerous Crossing: The Revolutionary Voyage of John Quincy Adams J PIC KRE
In 1778, ten-year-old Johnny Adams and his father make a dangerous mid-winter voyage from Massachusetts to Paris in hopes of gaining support for the colonies during the American Revolution.

Rappaport, Doreen. The Boston Coffee Party J EASY RAP
Based on a true story of the Revolutionary War, two young sisters help a group of Boston women get coffee from a greedy merchant.

Smith, Lane. John, Paul, George & Ben J PIC SMI
A humorous look at five of our country's founding fathers.

Tripp, Valerie. Felicity Saves the Day: A Summer Story J PB EASY A
During a visit to her grandfather's plantation in Virginia during the summer of 1775, Felicity's loyalty is torn between her father and Ben, her father's apprentice who needs her help as he runs away to join George Washington's army of Patriots.

Fiction for Older Readers (grade 3 and up)

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains: Seeds of America J FIC AND
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. See also Forge (J FIC AND) for the continuation of the story.

Avi. Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution J FIC AVI
In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

Brady, Esther Wood. Toliver's Secret J FIC BRA  and J PB B
When her grandfather is injured, 10-year-old Ellen Toliver replaces him on a top-secret patriotic mission. Disguised as a boy, she manages to smuggle a message to General George Washington.

Calkhoven, Laurie. Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776 J FIC CAL and J PB C
In 1776 Boston, twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott enjoys his work as a spy and messenger for the American revolutionaries, but the pleasure ends when he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand, and learns that a trusted patriot is actually a British spy.

Collier, James Lincoln and Collier, Christopher. My Brother Sam Is Dead.J FIC COL NEWBERY  and J PB C 
This Newbery Honor book recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Denenberg, Barry. The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot J FIC DEA
In this entry in the "My Name Is America" series, William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule.

Elliott, L.M. Give Me Liberty J FIC ELL
Follows the life of thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn, from May 1774 to December 1775, as he serves his indentureship with a music teacher in Williamsburg, Virginia, and witnesses the growing rift between patriots and loyalists culminating in the American Revolution.

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain J FIC FOR NEWBERY, J PB F , J CD FOR , and J DVD FOR
In this Newbery Medal winner, after injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Storyteller J FIC GIF
Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.