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Most Wanted: The Revolutionary Partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams

By: Sarah Jane Marsh

Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham

John Hancock and Samuel Adams were an unlikely pair of troublemakers. Hancock was young and dashing. Adams was old and stodgy. But working together, they rallied the people of Boston against the unfair policies of Great Britain and inspired American resistance. And to King George, they became a royal pain. When the British army began marching toward Lexington and Concord, sending Hancock and Adams fleeing into the woods, the two men couldn’t help but worry—this time, had they gone too far?

Rich with historical detail and primary sources, this spirited tale takes readers through ten years of taxes and tea-tossing, tyranny and town hall meetings. The team behind Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word reunites for a lively look at the origins of the American Revolution told through the powerful partnership of two legendary founders.

Further information about John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and the Revolutionary War era. Note on John Hancock’s signature. Author’s note. Time line. Selected bibliography. Online resources. List of historical sites to visit. Source notes.

ISBN: 9781368026833

JLG Release: Jun 2020


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Topics: John Hancock (1737–1793) , Samuel Adams (1722–1803) , The American Revolution (1765–1783) , Boston, Massachusetts , Boston Tea Party (1773) , Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775) , Friendship

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John Hancock and Samuel Adams were a dubious duo that helped set in motion the events that led to the American Revolution. The two men were opposites in many ways but became united in their fight against British tyranny. Marsh covers the pair’s incendiary tactics over the span of 10 years, beginning with their response to Britain’s oppressive s John Hancock and Samuel Adams were a dubious duo that helped set in motion the events that led to the American Revolution. The two men were opposites in many ways but became united in their fight against British tyranny. Marsh covers the pair’s incendiary tactics over the span of 10 years, beginning with their response to Britain’s oppressive stamp tax and ending with their escape to the Continental Congress, flanked by militiamen and marching bands. The ample back matter includes an author’s note, a time line, a bibliography, and source notes (for chosen quotations only). Fotheringham’s wonderful illustrations are elegantly sketched cartoons that play with size. One would hardly even need to read the text to understand what is going on, as pivotal moments in the patriots’ lives are showcased clearly. In one scene, Hancock speaks of how he won’t “be a slave.” Fotheringham depicts the hypocrisy of this statement in an illustration that depicts a slave’s derision while serving Hancock. Marsh’s account of events is historically accurate, but this book may not be appropriate for school reports due to its picture book format and sources for quotes only. While this book shines a light on the partnership of Adams and Hancock, it’s a hard sell to patrons who are looking for either a story or more substantial content. A secondary purchase. Only for readers looking to know more about the partnership of ­Hancock and Adams.

Book Details

ISBN

9781368026833

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

973.3

Trim Size

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

John Hancock (1737–1793), Samuel Adams (1722–1803), The American Revolution (1765–1783), Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Tea Party (1773), Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775), Friendship,

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