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Independent Dames
What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrated by Matt Faulkner

      The subtitle of this book, What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, says it all. Finally receiving some "equal time" and recognition, these tough-as-nails females played as important a role in the fight for independence as their male counterparts, and it is only right they be recognized for what they did.

You'll read about brave young women like 16-year-old Sybil Ludington who rode forty miles through a stormy night to spread the news of a British attack, and Deborah Samson, who cut her hair, dressed as a man, and was wounded twice while fighting with the Continental Army.

Other valiant women include Poet Phillis Wheatly, spies Kate Berry and Mom Rinker, gunsmith Elizabeth Hager, and Oneida tribe member Polly Cooper. The book also includes a section that lists even more women and debunks a few myths, such as tales about Molly Pitcher, a mythic figure who did not actually exist.

The Book

Simon & Schuster
June 2008
Hardcover / Picture book
Children's Nonfiction: Ages 6-10
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2008
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