Young fans of the Broadway smash Hamilton will enjoy this riveting nonfiction picture book that unfolds like a play, telling a story from American history. Gravely injured and with little chance for more military honors, Major General Benedict Arnold seeks reward and recognition another way. He contacts Major John AndrÃ©, the new head of British intelligence and another man determined to prove himself. Arnold and AndrÃ© strike a deal and use Arnold’s intelligence to take over West Point, the strategic American fort. The plan ultimately fails, leading to AndrÃ©’s capture and death and Arnold’s loss of reward and glory. Author Selene Castrovilla and illustrator John O – Brien brilliantly capture the tensions and high drama of these two revolutionary rogues by highlighting their similarities and differences and demonstrating how they brought about their own tragic ends. This title also includes an afterword, timelines of the lives of both men, an extensive bibliography, and a list of key places to visit.
Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold was a National Council for the Social Studies and Children’s Book Council Notable Trade Social Studies Book, a Kansas Reading Circle choice, a Bank Street College Best Book and featured on School Library Journal’s recommended reading for American history list. Selene was awarded Tappantown Historical Society’s Achievement Award for Rogues.