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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
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Author Steve Sheinkin
Cover artist Larry Rostant
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Publisher Roaring Brook Press, Square Fish
Publication date
November 9, 2010
Pages377
ISBN 978-1-250-02460-2

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery is a non-fiction biographical adolescent book about Benedict Arnold. Written in 2010 by Steve Sheinkin, the book encompasses the whole life of Benedict Arnold, from his freezing cold date of birth in Connecticut to his death in England in 1801. It has won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, the Margaret Edwards Award, and the YALSA-ALA Award for Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction.

Background

Sheinkin writes in the book that he was long fascinated by Arnold. Over the years, he compiled an "absurdly large collection" of books, plays, and anything to do with Arnold. He even followed Arnold's route to Canada that he took in 1775.

Story line

The book begins with the hanging of John Andre, before backtracking and telling the story of Arnold's life. The book also occasionally tells the reader what's happening to John Andre. Eventually, the two stories merge into one, when Andre and Arnold begin working together to hand West Point over to the British.

Reception

Reviews were almost entirely positive, with three of them starred. School Library Journal's starred review calls it an "engaging story of revolution and treason" in which "Sheinkin keeps readers wanting to know what will happen next." [1] Booklist as well was very positive, stating that "history junkies are in for a treat when they pick up this lively, highly readable biography," and called the book a "a worthy addition to all libraries". [2] Kirkus Reviews (starred review) says that Sheinkin wrote a "brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel," and that "the author's obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find." [3] A starred review from the Horn Book Magazine describes how the book simplifies complex ideas for its readers, saying that "several complex political, social, and military themes emerge." [4]

Awards

References

  1. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery – Editorial Reviews". barnesandnoble.com. Barnes and Nobles. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery". IndieBound.org. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold". kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery". books.google.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold: Author Steve ... – The Horn Book". hbook.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery". ala.org. January 23, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2020. 'The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism &Treachery' wins 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
  7. ^ "Steve Sheinkin » The Notorious Benedict Arnold". stevesheinkin.com. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "2020 Edwards Award". ala.org. Retrieved March 4, 2021.