In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, 18-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land, yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty.
Jason desperately wants to protect his family - his wife, children, and grandchildren - and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russell's doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?
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A poignant method for kids to study history
excellent YA Revolutionary War historical fiction