Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word

By: Sarah Jane Marsh

Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham

As an English corset-maker's son, Thomas Paine was expected to spend his life sewing women's underwear. But as a teenager, Thomas dared to change his destiny, enduring years of struggle until a meeting with Benjamin Franklin brought Thomas to America in 1774 and into the American Revolution.

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Corset maker. Sailor. Tax collector. Husband. Thomas Paine fails at all these pursuits. But what he can do is write and persuade, and when in 1774 he immigrates to the American colonies, he finds employment as an editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and thus begins his career as a political editorialist. The outspoken and opinionated Paine writes compel Corset maker. Sailor. Tax collector. Husband. Thomas Paine fails at all these pursuits. But what he can do is write and persuade, and when in 1774 he immigrates to the American colonies, he finds employment as an editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and thus begins his career as a political editorialist. The outspoken and opinionated Paine writes compellingly of the political situation in the colonies, and equally strongly of other injustices, such as slavery. Still, there is one word even Paine hesitates to use in his early writings: independence. His passion rises when writing his magnum opus Common Sense, however, and he boldly employs that revolutionary word twenty-two times. As author Marsh comments in an afterword, Common Sense “went viral”; six months after its publication, Congress approves the Declaration of Independence. The power of the pen resonates both in the narrative and in illustrations depicting Paine brandishing a quill pen that grows in size as his words capture the imagination of the colonists. Making the point that words matter, Fotheringham flings hand-lettered words, phrases, and written documents across the pages marking a turning point in Paine’s life. This stirring biography moves along briskly, with the momentum for severing ties with Great Britain paralleling Paine’s literary output. But Marsh’s clear prose style and short, declarative sentences allow readers to follow events easily—and even to slow down and think about them. Appended with three author’s notes, a bibliography, a timeline, and documentation for quotations. -Betty Carter, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9781484781449

First Release

August 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

320.51092 B

Trim Size

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

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No sensitive areas

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