A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
The story of the American Revolution as experienced by Joseph Plumb Martin, a Connecticut farm boy who enlisted in the army in 1776. Only fifteen when he enlisted, Martin spent the rest of his teen and young adult years marching, working, fighting, foraging and starving while sleeping under the likes of Washington and Lafayette.
A Young Patriot skillfully weaves together excerpts from Martin’s wartime account with the author’s explanatory text to create a fascinating and factual history of the American Revolution. Through the mix of Martin’s observations and experiences, the historical context that Murphy provides, and maps and archival prints, the book vividly reveals the grit and drama of war — and a teenager who was eyewitness to a Revolution.