Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride

From the Series On My Own History

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

On a dark, cold, and rainy night in April 1777, Sybil Ludington sets out on a journey to warn American soldiers that danger is headed their way. The British are coming! They have already attacked a nearby town, and it is up to sixteen-year-old Sybil to make sure that she reaches the American soldiers before the British do. With only a large stick to defend herself, and her horse, Star, for company, Sybil rides off into the perilous night and changes the course of the American Revolution. The true story of Sybil’s bravery and perseverance are faithfully related by Marsha Amstel’s appealing text and Ellen Beier’s finely crafted illustrations.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Social Studies
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2000-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.4
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF053200, JNF007120, JNF025190
Dewey 973.3'33
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 490
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47176
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides


  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 2000
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2000
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2000


Children's Book and Play Review

“The emotion of Sybil’s determination, fear, and courage is clearly brought to the reader in Amstel’s text and Beier’s colored illustrations. Teachers of second and third grade will find this an excellent read-aloud selection of a true historical event.” —Children’s Book and Play Review

School Library Journal

“This is a worthwhile addition to history collections, especially those in need of titles for early or reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“Ludington’s daring nighttime ride will intrigue younger readers, while the muted illustrations evoke the colonial period.” —The Horn Book Guide

Author: Marsha Amstel

Marsha Amstel has practiced psychotherapy and family therapy in the Putnam County area for the past 30 years. Her office is in Putnam Valley, New York, and her favorite activities include walking, snowshoeing, and kayaking—very near the route that Sybil Ludington rode so long ago.

Illustrator: Ellen Beier

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

On My Own History

With striking, full-page illustrations, real and fictionalized characters, and stories featuring events that really happened, these books capture readers’ interest and imagination. View available downloads →