Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

Sophia s War A Tale of the Revolution Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery Medalist In young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City which i

  • Title: Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
  • Author: Avi
  • ISBN: 9781442414433
  • Page: 442
  • Format: ebook
  • Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery Medalist.In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in theLives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery Medalist.In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds But the identity of the would be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril She s young, she s a girl, and she s running out of time And if she fails, she s facing an execution of her own.Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this nail biting thriller Publishers Weekly that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.

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    • Avi

      Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, The fact is, Avi is the only name I use Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series His work is popular among readers young and old.



    152 thoughts on “Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

    • This is the story of Sophia, a young colonial girl who witnesses Nathan Hale is he about to be hung for treason. This events marks the beginning of Sophia's transformation into a patriot. Sophia is spurred into action when her older brother, who fought in the battle of Brooklyn ends up on a prison ship and she tries to visit only to learn that he had died.Sophia is a plucky little heroine and her actions had a major impact on the war. I do not know a lot about the revolutionary war, but unfortun [...]


    • This was a great book! First I want to mention that I love what the author says in the note at the back: "Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction makes truth a friend, not a stranger."I have never had a good memory when it comes to history, but if I can read a story about an event or a character, it's more likely to stick with me. This is highly readable YA historical fiction. Even though it is written simply (on the younger side of YA) and with thorough explanations, it flows well and d [...]


    • Twelve-year-old Sophia Calderwood is a Patriot in 1776, and the family's New York City home becomes the dwelling place of John Andre, a British officer, the first of many to stay there during the British occupation of the city. Against her will, Sophia develops a crush on Andre and becomes increasingly drawn to him--until he refuses her request to help her brother who is a prisoner of war. She vows vengeance on the man after her brother dies. Eventually, Sophia gets her chance to get back at And [...]


    • This was one of the best historical fiction books I've read in a long time, especially the second half of it! Obviously well researched -- right down to having a glossary of 18th century terms and Avi's note explaining which parts are true and which fiction. VERY exciting telling of an important time in our history! (It's 5th grade AR level.)


    • In 1776 the Thirteen Colonies had been at war with The British Empire for almost a year. During that time the Americans and the British had sustained gains and losses. Some were more significant than others. Clearly, the American troops were at odds with the most formidable army and navy in the world at that time. The British war machine was well trained, well equipped, and well run. The American troops were a rag-tag collection of militias spread out across the various colonies with varying deg [...]


    • This was a pretty quick read, both because of the vocabulary and the quickness with which the action started. It should be a good choice to recommend to 4th-7th graders learning about the American Revolution, especially girls! I found it to be very enjoyable, and until I read this, Toliver's Secret was my favorite to recommend, because it's about a girl taking action and making a real difference, not just standing by and waiting for the men to come home. Now, SOPHIA'S WAR will make it a pair. Th [...]


    • As the war begins, Sophia Calderwood's family is in turmoil: her brother, serving in the army, is missing. Her father has been injured and they are forced to take in a British officer, John Andre. She is drawn to Andre, though he is the enemy. Being the only child left, Sophia must find gainful employment to help her family. She is soon taken in as a servant to the supreme commander of British forces. A position that could be very advantageous to someone who can listen and not be noticed. Soon, [...]


    • Sophia's War by Avi is about a young girl who has to survive the War Of Independence and she has a brother missing that she has to save. She becomes a spy and if she fails her mission she will be hung. I love this book because it's about a powerful female and females wern't very powerful back then and so it's amazing that she is powerful.


    • I have yet to read a novel by Avi that I have not liked. This book is well written, with a good storyline that kept me awake at night wanting to read more. I would definitely recommend this book.


    • Historical fiction for older children/teens that is based on factual accounts regarding the American Revolutionary War in New York, the treatment of captured soldiers and spy's. I bought this book after seeing the author, Avi, speak one year. I've always loved his books and this one is no exception.



    • This book was sad but a interesting because it was about back then in the revolution. The was also based on Sophia who witnessed a death of a man who got hung. Sophia became a spy dressed as a maid for the British. This is why I think this book was interesting.


    • Another great historical fiction book by Newbery author, Avi. This one is set during the Revolutionary War told in first person by a young patriot named Sophia who proves to be a very special young woman who makes her way around the city working for the two printers who had employed her father before he became injured. She soon becomes involved in gathering information for a gentleman who is impressed by her pluckiness and helps her find a job as a house keeper in the British headquarters. At th [...]


    • Avi has always been a favorite in our house and his latest book, Sophia's War, is another addition to his oeuvre of historical fiction that doesn't fail to satisfy. This time Avi takes the reader back to the American Revolution. For 12 year old Sophia Calderwood, the revolutionary war is personal. Forced to flee with her mother and father when the British attack and seize lower Manhattan, on her return, Sophia and her mother witness, first, the hanging of Nathan Hale by the British for being a s [...]


    • In the book "Sophia's War," it takes place back when the American Revolution took place. This would be a great book for people who really love history, but taken into a totally different perspective. It shows you events that actually happened, but there are also events that were pretty much made up. Okay, this book is in Sophia's perspective the whole book. After a family tragedy, Sofia is offered a position as an American spy. Even if there was a huge chance she could be caught and hung, Sophia [...]


    • I enjoy Avi's work and his historical fiction is well-documented. When I read the synopsis of this book I was very interested. It so nicely supports my school's 5th grade Social Studies curriculum I knew this was a good topic.Personally I found the book interesting, but throughout my reading I kept asking myself "Which students in my school would read this book?" I can only think of a couple, and that makes me sad. Now, I'm trying to think of ways to sell my students on this very well-written bo [...]


    • A slow starter that gradually grows into a thrilling tale of espionage set during the American Revolution! This book has classic children's literature written all over it in the vein of stories like My Brother Sam Is Dead, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Johnny Tremain. Avi mixes hefty amounts of period vocabulary and language with real historical figures to successful effect. Sophia Calderwood becomes a spy in the home of British General Clinton in hopes of avenging her brother's death at the o [...]


    • We have this marked as a 'middle reader' at Skylight, which we describe as literature for those roughly 8-12 years old. And Avi writes smart, complex books for that age range. He creates heroines who face challenging situations, and whose own motives are often more nuanced and less straightforward than in much children's literature. Sophia's War is a perfect example of that. Her internal emotional battle is balanced not only with a suspenseful plot but also with a really rich portrait of revolut [...]


    • Sophia's WarAre you interested in the Revolutionary War? How spies helped the Patriots and the Loyalists? Or what happened to soldiers taken prisoner? Because in the book, Sophia’s War, by Avi, it explains all of this, and more, with an interesting twist.Sophia’s War is a historical fiction story that happened in around 1776. It is from a first person view, it was a fast-paced book, with details, and explanations.The main character, Sophia Calderwood, lives in New York, and is a 12 year old [...]


    • listened to the audio book. Heidi LOVED it. Joe listened in a few times and got hooked. The Littles were happy enough to be close by though there were a few things I winced at. (hangings and a word or two of language-not over the top language, but not for a little-if I'd been reading i would have easily edited. I honestly don't remember the word(s). . Maybe Lords name in vain? I need to review right after reading or I forget details like that! I just remember wincing a few times but no problems [...]


    • I enjoyed the Book Sophia's War by Avi. I have never heard of the author so I was a little unsure of the book but it happened to be pretty good.One reason I liked the book was the way the story was told. I don't usually read historical fiction but I enjoyed the story and the character.I really liked how Sophia was telling the story as a girl during the Revolutionary War with very strong points of view. Also, I really liked the Character the author created. She's a very strong intelligent girl wh [...]


    • Read this as a first book in our mommy daughter book club. From this perspective I will say that I thought it a fun read and I enjoyed the language and style of writing. But I found Sophia to be a little too dramatic for my liking. She was so strong and so brave but then has these moments of girlish "weakness" and I was constantly reminded that she is a child because of a crush? Oy. Hoping my daughter will focus more on the strengths of this character and that the dramatic cliche of this teen g [...]


    • Sophia's War is not my usual cup of tea. However, I always wanted to read this genre and had this story in my to read for a long time. I also loved Avi's writting in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which I read when I was very young. I must say, I was not dissapointed with this book, it is a great story and it has a great plot and an amazing main character.Complete Book Review: Here


    • The kind of historical fiction that drives me nuts: the sort that inserts a fictional character as a *major player* in specific notable events. (As in, D-Day wouldn't have happened if the protagonist didn't have a beer with Churchill six months before, etc.) Add that to the facts that a) in spite of being a Strong Female Character, there is nothing Sophia does that isn't motivated by men, and b) the differences between the British and the Americans are laughably cartoonish, I'd say you should pa [...]


    • Sofia's War is about a young girl who has seen the horrors of this tragic war. To avenge her brothers death, William, she is recruited to be a spy. She spies as a maid for a general, and finds important information on the war.I thought that this was a great historical, fiction book. I thought it was a really good book, but I thought it lacked a little bit of adventure. I would recommend this book to people who like historical books.


    • Fictional character Sophia Calderwood's journey through the terrifying times of the Revolutionary War is so interesting. I read this book to be able to discuss with my granddaughter, who's writing a book report on this book, and again, I learned - or re-learned - a lot of what I'd missed about Benedict Arnold, Jon Andre, General Clinton, etc. in history classes. Great book!


    • Sophia's War by Avi- is a wonderful historical novel combined with a young girl's rite-of-passage. Sophia grows from a naïve innocent to a strong young woman who becomes a patriot and Revolutionary War spy who uncovers a plot by Benedict Arnold. Great concrete and historical detail. Avi is in top form.


    • This book reminds me of Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains, except it is told by a young white patriot girl. The ending was very satisfying and I enjoyed the changes of Sofia's relationship with Major Andre, the British soldier. The book was both sad and happy and very hard to put down. It is unlike most other historical fiction books about the American Revolution.



    • "I have learned that heart and eyes are one. That's to say, one can see a thing, but when one is linked to it, the seeing is different." ―Sophia Calderwood, Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution, P. 24 The crux of this book, I believe, can be found in Sophia's assessment of the current state of the American Revolution at one point in the story, when the war led by General George Washington remains in flux, the outcome of the revolt against King George III still wholly undecided: "Thus, in 178 [...]


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