Buttons for General Washington

From the Series On My Own History

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Fourteen-year-old John Darragh was a spy. But British-occupied Philadelphia in 1777 was not a safe place for an American spy. If he were captured, John knew he would be hanged. In this suspenseful story based on accounts of the Darragh family’s spying activities for General Washington, young John undertakes a dangerous mission to deliver a message to the American army.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 1986
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1986-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.8
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF068000, JNF025190
Dewey 973.3'85
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 9473
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Connie Roop

Author: Peter Roop

Illustrator: Peter E. Hanson

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On My Own History

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  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1986



“. . . Subtly hued watercolors add an old-fashioned ambience and draw on the suspense of the story.”

Yellow Brick Road

“John Darragh is a fourteen-year-old Quaker who becomes a spy for the Revolutionary Army. . . Children will enjoy reading this story of the Revolutionary America on their own.”
Yellow Brick Road