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The Secret Mission of William Tuck

Published: September 2015
SKU: 9781402281747

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Can William and Rebecca distinguish friend from foe on their epic cross-colony journey to help America win the Revolutionary War?

William Tuck is set on justice. For his brother killed by British soldiers, for his friend Rebecca's father held prisoner by the redcoats, and for the countless other rebel Americans struggling beneath the crushing weight of British rule.

The whispered words of a dying soldier, and a mysterious watch, give William all the ammunition he needs; a secret message for the leader of the rebel army. Rebecca disguises herself as a boy, and she and William join the American troops. They embark on an epic journey that pulls them into a secret network of spies, pits them against dangerous gunmen, and leads them on a quest to find General George Washington himself.

Can William and Rebecca determine friend from foe long enough to deliver a message that might just change the tide of the American Revolution?

Praise for The Last Ride of Caleb O'Toole, winner of the MPIBA Reading the West Award
"In this action-packed debut novel…Pierpont has created a suspenseful, enlightening read featuring worthy allies and wicked enemies."—Booklist
"The fast-paced adventure serves up a hearty history lesson with side dishes of political, social and environmental commentary. Realistic and complicated characters give the familiar story of the pioneer's journey fresh life…a suspenseful adventure with heart."—Kirkus Reviews
"The pace doesn't let up TV and film actor Pierpoint offers a rowdy Wild West adventure in his first book for children… Readers seeking action, history, and adventure aren't likely to mind."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Case Count: 12
  • Age range: 9-12
"The familiar events and historical figures surrounding the birth of the United States are made personal in this riveting story of one boy's unparalleled courage...Richly detailed and exhilarating. Kirkus, starred review" — Kirkus Reviews
"The fast pace combined with nonstop violence and unflinching descriptions of unsavory aspects of 18th-century medicine and combat will engage readers who may not normally choose historical fiction. Instructive end notes provide an extension to the novel." — School Library Journal
"The gruesomeness of war comes across vividly in this hard-hitting tale...A concluding background chapter will interest readers wanting more details of the war." — Booklist
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