Many Ways to Be a Soldier

From the Series On My Own History

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

More than anything, Rem Goldin wants to fight the British in the American Revolution. His father and the other men of Sites Point, New Jersey, have all left town to join the fighting. But ten-year-old Rem is too young to go with the men. Disappointed, he climbs up Foxborough Hill to look out over the ocean. What is that murky shape he sees through the fog? Could it be a British warship? Can Rem find a way to save his town?

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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
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.4
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF025190, JNF025130, JNF053200
Dewey 973.3'32
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119035
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, and Teaching Guides

Author: Wendy Pfeffer

Wendy Pfeffer has had 35 children's books published, with six more under contract. Wendy comes by writing and her love of words naturally, since her grandfather was an author as well as a doctor. Her father was a math professor, with a hobby that focused on the origin of words and phrases. A Log's Life (Simon & Schuster) won the Jon Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award and The Giverny Award for the Best Children's Science Book. Awards for other books: Booklist, Bank Street's Best Children's Books, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, American Booksellers' Pick of the List, and NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Various titles: From Tadpole to Frog, What's it Like to Be a Fish?, Wiggling Worms at Work, and Dolphin Talk (HarperCollins). A fascinating four-book series begins with The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice (Dutton). Wendy's books are in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Wendy enjoys visiting schools where she makes presentations and conducts creative writing workshops. She is a member of the SCBWI, The Rutgers Council on Children's Literature, Savvy Marketers, Bucks County Authors of Books for Children, and The Authors Guild.

Illustrator: Elaine Verstraete

Elaine S. Verstraete creates art and illustration from her studio in Middlesex, New York. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and currently teaches illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. Elaine's illustrations appear in numerous children's books, including six titles with Lerner Publishing Group. Her work also appears on Wegmans brand product labels and numerous Rochester-area festival posters, including Rochester's renowned Lilac Festvial.

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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 →