This was a good read. It gives a vivid picture of the lives of ordinary American citizens prior to the opening shots of the American Revolution, and does not romanticize the events of that fateful day. The divisions amongst the patriots as to the proper course of action, the uncertainty of what may happen, and the awful truth of the price of liberty come shining through in this novel. It shows when principles require action to back them up, life can change forever as a consequence.
This book follows the course of history and puts yu into the first battle of the Revolutionary War. As you read you will not only receive a good tale but also a lesson in history. The book made me proud to be an American reading about the farmer's who fought with their bird guns and hunting rifles and teamed up to deal the initial blow to the Red Coats. A good read for all ages!
Invites comparison with Crane's Red Badge of Courage.... i think this is an even better book. - The New York Times
Historical fiction at its best - American Revolution. Has you right there on the battlefield. Taught in schools, with good reason - brings textbook accounts to vivid life.
It is the day prior to the Battle of Lexington; a glimpse into rural life in eastern Massachusetts. The next day the wind of war sweeps the countryside and changes life there forever. Overnight a young becomes a man. Culminating the two-day period, he faces dual allegiance: to his family and to his country. How should he face it? Which should he choose? As a historical novel, April Morning is a fitting companion to Ester Forbes Johnny Tremain.
A fifteen-year-old doesn't understand his father. Nor does his father understand him. They always seem to be at odds. It is April 19, 1775, and Adam Coooper is about to find his world changing. There is talk of the British bringing an army to their town of Lexington but rumors abound until that is the redcoats really appear.
Adam watches his father shot as the redcoats fire on the men of the town who had hoped to talk first and reason it all out. There is no talk, no reasoning only death. Adam watches his father, Moses, fall and he begins running like so many others who can't believe what is happening.
In this brief encounter with the British Adam begins to grow up and finds himself fighting. The day is long as the colonists hide, shoot, run and hide again. Adam is scared but aren't they all? It's the beginning of a long war because there is no room for talking or reasoning.
Wonderful Book about 1776 when one boy finds what it means to become a man, and what talking about revolution truly brings about. This copy has yellowed pages and the spine is a bit battered, but its a very good book.
This is an origional hardcover.