|Book Title||The Free and the Brave|
|Author||Tovah S. Yavin|
|Leveled Reading||Level V / Grade 5-6|
A magnificent tale of historical fiction for kids
“Those British are coming this way. Eight thousand troops.”
“Eight thousand?” Jacob whispered.
Jeremiah nodded. “They’re pouring into Washington from all directions.”
“At least we have our Fencibles.” Jacob stood up straighter speaking of the local militia. “They could push back those Red Coats.”
It’s the summer of 1814. The British are advancing on Baltimore, where Jacob Franks and his family live. They’ve already burned down Washington, D.C. Will Baltimore be next? Jacob and his friends do their best to help out by digging trenches and building ramparts. They bring kosher food to the Jewish soldiers at Fort McHenry. But will the people of Baltimore be able to protect their beloved city? Tovah S. Yavin's magnificent story will bring the War of 1812 and the creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to life. Join Jacob and his friends as they defend the land of the free and the home of the brave.
“[...] This beautifully expedited novel, recommended for 10- to 12-year-olds, is a compact coming-of-age-in-two-months story which spreads the message of the importance of family, friendship, hard work (often without remuneration), and pulling together across racial/ethnic barriers in times of need. Jacob is a fine example to young people everywhere as he grows up very quickly in face of war. Interesting historical notes accompany this novel.” - https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-free-and-the-brave/
“There is much to learn about American history as one reads this fictional account of the battle for Fort McHenry waged against British troops in 1814. American Jewish history plays an important part in the story.
A clear picture of the era is presented as the reader learns that horse carts are the major means of transportation, wood-burning stoves are the source of heat, most communication depends on word-of-mouth in spite of the existence of newspapers, and explosives are used as a frequent weapon by both the American and British armies.
… this slice of American Jewish history gives an important educational message. The youth of today can find meaning in examining the significant role of Jews in the emerging American society. Readers will also focus on the value of community, dedication to one’s country, and the need for self-reliance in an uncertain world." - https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/the-free-and-the-brave