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The White House Is Burning: August 24, 1814

By: Jane Sutcliffe

Illustrator: Alexander Farquharson

“The enemy are advancing. . . . Go, for Gods sake go.” The compelling chronology of the British invasion of Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, from a variety of perspectives. Quotation sources. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color reproductions of period maps, paintings, and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781580896566

JLG Release: Oct 2014


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
Topics: The White House , Washington, D ,C , Nineteenth-century history , War of 1812 , Capture by the British, 1814 , Dolley Madison (1768-1849) , James Madison (1751-1836)

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Awards & Honors

Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2014, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Sometimes referred to as “America’s Second Revolution,” the War of 1812 found British forces invading the newly founded capital city of Washington, DC. Following the Battle of Bladensburg and the embarrassing retreat of the U.S. militia, the British arrived at the capital during the most oppressive weather conditions imaginable to Sometimes referred to as “America’s Second Revolution,” the War of 1812 found British forces invading the newly founded capital city of Washington, DC. Following the Battle of Bladensburg and the embarrassing retreat of the U.S. militia, the British arrived at the capital during the most oppressive weather conditions imaginable to find the city largely abandoned. In this hour-by-hour narrative, Sutcliffe provides a harrowing account of the day, culminating with the burning of both the Capitol building and the iconic White House, the flames of which could be seen as far away as Baltimore. Extensively researched and thorough in coverage, this book gives readers a full view of this compelling story and the events leading up to the conflict. The title is enhanced by the original maps, portraits, paintings, and drawings of key personalities. Sutcliffe’s use of primary sources is impressive as she weaves together a seamless tale from a variety of perspectives. The author draws upon firsthand accounts from a variety of sources (respected military personnel, political figures, everyday citizens, and slaves) to provide an impartial, well-rounded look at this pivotal day in our nation’s history and its aftermath. Certain to spark interest in history aficionados, this title would be a welcome purchase for most collections.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9781580896566

First Release

October 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

975.3/02

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 7; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.5; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 960L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Topics

The White House, Washington, D,C, Nineteenth-century history, War of 1812, Capture by the British, 1814, Dolley Madison (1768-1849), James Madison (1751-1836),

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