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Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist.

In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: Sheโ€™s young, sheโ€™s a girl, and sheโ€™s running out of time. And if she fails, sheโ€™s facing an execution of her own.
Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on September 25, 2012 by Beach Lane Books
ISBN-10: 1442414413
ISBN-13: 9781442414419
6 Book Reviews
  • tynan.warrior11Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11:03 am
    Pretty sad and good book if you ask me. It a a lot of killing too.๐Ÿ˜ž
    • 19kamariar
      19kamariarThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:44 am
      ally this book is cool
      • 19allisonb
        19allisonbThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:41 am
        I am currently reading it and it is so interesting.
        • 19allisonb
          19allisonbFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8:50 am
          I saw it in the book order and I can't wait to read it.
          • swilcox
            Mrs. WilcoxSaturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:36 amFeatured
            Another amazing historical fiction book by Avi. If you've read and enjoyed his book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, then you will equally fall in love with this book. The difference is that this book intertwines fictionalized characters with actual events from the Revolutionary War. Taking place in the New York region, this book adds a new perspective to the Revolutionary war. Written in first person, from Sophia's point of view, Avi allows another strong female character to enter the world of literature. This book is a most read for history buffs and adventure seeking readers!
            • caitylizz
              caitylizzThursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:17 am55 stars
              I think this a wonderful book. this book is about a girl named sofia cadle wood sofia is tring to save her country.