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The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution [Hardcover]

Jim Murphy

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Book Description

Dec 1 2010 Scholastic Press Novels
It is 1776, and George Washington's army of rebellious colonists is emboldened by its stunning victories over the British at Lexington and Concord, and at having driven the world's most formidable army from Boston. But now they face the threat of a brutal British retaliation.

George Washington, who has little military experience, is unanimously chosen as commander in chief—in the hope that he can whip his ragtag, unruly troops into a real fighting army. As the British begin their invasion of New York City and out-battle the Americans in one encounter after another, George Washington isn't the only one who is overcome with doubts.

In a breathtaking account of this pivotal moment in the Revolution, Jim Murphy masteruflly shows Washington's transformation from gentleman farmer to a brilliant general as he delivers the country from the blackest of times—into the brightest of futures.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439691869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439691864
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,929,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Jim Murphy

A Newbery Honor Book for The Great Fire

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"Spectacular!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Truce

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"A veritable cinematic account." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of The Great Fire

About the Author

Jim Murphy is celebrated for his engaging and careuflly researched nonfiction. His more than thirty-five books have garnered two Newbery Honors, a Sibert Award, two Sibert Honors, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, ALA Notables, Best Books for Young Adults, and many more. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect pick Jan. 22 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Jim Murphy's THE CROSSING: HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION offers nearly a hundred pages of detail and is perfect for grades 4-6, covering a pivotal time in the American Revolution and pairing lovely maps and drawings with lively facts about George Washington's achievement. Collections seeking a fine, well-detailed and illustrated introduction that provides a 'you are there' atmosphere will find this a perfect pick.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Historical Read July 7 2011
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
I am a huge fan of history and I really enjoyed Jim Murphy's easy to read, reader friendly book. Packed with a variety of history depicting George Washington's successes and failures during his rein as one of our greatest leaders during the American Revolution.

Though I've read these historical accounts numerous times, I really admire the way Jim Murphy showed General Washington's choices he made during the various wars that plagued our country after our Independence Day on July 4th, 1776. I liked being able to see and understand why Washington made the choices he did and seeing how they impacted each fight. It's still amazing to me how George Washington and his often times run down armies stood bravely at the fore fronts of opposition and won.

The Crossing is a fabulous book for any fan of history. It's a book that focuses on a few different aspects of the war, but gives great insights into George Washington's strategy. I think this is a fantastic book for not only teachers, but to have at home.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good read. Dec 18 2013
By carissimo - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed the history lesson, quick and to the point. I gave a copy to my grandchildren and hope they will enjoy it also and learn from it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crossing by Jim Murphy- brings to life a pivotal Revolutionary War battle and George Washington July 23 2013
By Beverly J St Peter - Published on Amazon.com
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The maps and pictures contributed so much to the telling of this pivotal Revolutionary War battle. They brought it to life for me. This is a book I will pass on to others.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crossing/George Washington/FathersDay '13 June 16 2013
By BOBBI ABRAMSON - Published on Amazon.com
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This well written book needs to be a part of the USofA educational curriculum NOW!!! This book was the preferred gift for
Dads in our family. Try a good history book not written by Hollywood!