Washington Is Burning
From the Series On My Own History
Fifteen-year-old Paul Jennings looked out the window of the President’s House. America was at war with Britain, and British soldiers were marching toward Washington. Terrified people were fleeing the city. But Paul was not going to join them yet. He was a slave who belonged to President Madison and his wife, Dolley. Dolley did not want to leave until her husband returned from the battlefront. Paul stayed by her side, helping her pack up official papers and belongings. Finally, they could wait no longer. But there was one more treasure they had to save. Were they too late?
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||Diversity, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|Dimensions||5.875 x 8.5|
|Guided Reading Level||O|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.5|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||102742|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and Websites|
School Library Journal
“Notable for telling a historical event from the viewpoint of a slave. . . realistic paintings in vibrant colors illustrate these easy readers.” —School Library Journal
Author: Marty Rhodes Figley
Marty Rhodes Figley is the author of sixteen books, mostly about her favorite subject—remarkable people from our country's past. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Marty, whose two children are grown, lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Paul, and their Airedale terrier, Scarlett.
Illustrator: Craig Orback
Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.
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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 →