The World Turned Upside Down Author:Emma L. Patterson There are many stories of boys who went to war, but this tells of a boy who stayed home and the war came to him. The boy was a farm hand, Dirk Hollenbeck, who lived on the Hudson River beside the King's Ferry, and the war which rolled in upon him and his neighbors was the American Revolution. Dirk met the first wave of that tide on his doorst... more »ep of his cottage after everyone else had fled.
Battles and skirmishes, many of them among the most exciting and decisive of the Revolution, raged up and down the valley of the Hudson; enemy ships lay outside the harbor. Dirk was a part of it all - spies and counterspies, desperate rides and burned homes. Through it all he learned to think as a man and do a man's job, and as a proud fighter for his country's liberty he won the girl he wanted to share his life when the fighting was over.« less