As the residents of Philadelphia in 1777 anxiously wait for the British attack they know is coming, Maddy Rose takes the brave step of agreeing to send secret messages to the American army. Cleverly, she uses her stockings and petticoats on a clothesline as signals for General Washington’s army. She may be young, but Maddy Rose is just as much of a patriot as any full-grown adult.
In The Scarlet Stockings Spy, Trinka Hakes Noble has masterfully created a heroine who is as brash and idealistic as her young country. Noble doesn't shy away from the realistic side of war — including the lives lost — but she celebrates the persistence that helps the colonists win the day. And young Maddy Rose teaches the reader that the role of patriot has nothing to do with age and everything to do with heart.
"Noble's story, well told in simple descriptive language, shows both the prevalent mood of anxiety in Philadelphia in 1777, as the American colonists awaited the British attack, and the realistic side of war, the pathos of young lives lost, and the stubborn persistence and faith that helped the colonists win." — School Library Journal
|6 - 10
|Trinka Hakes Noble
|Oct 14, 2004
|Sleeping Bear Press