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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Avi Narrator: Angela Goethals Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist.

In 1776 young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril—she’s young, she’s a girl, and she’s running out of time. And if she fails, she’s facing an execution of her own.

Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sophia’s War is outstanding historical fiction, bringing to dramatic life the human story behind extraordinary events…Rich in period detail, the atmospheric prose vividly recreates old New York and allows readers to experience Sophia’s conflicting emotions.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Few historical novels are as closely shaped by actual events as this one during the last 100 pages. Working within the bounds of credibility, Avi manages to keep the fictional narrator on the scene for a good deal of the action and uses real moments to bring the imagined story to its dramatic heights.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Newbery Medalist Avi channels the mood, language, and danger of the Revolutionary War in this seamless blend of history and fiction, set in British-occupied New York City…The book is chockfull of fascinating historical details, including the conditions for those stranded in New York and the failed meetings between Arnold and John André, his (real-life) British contact. Avi doesn’t sugarcoat the brutal realities of war…in this rich, nail-biting thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Avi’s setting is impeccable (especially the descriptions of the prisons where rebel soldiers were kept); the intrigue on the home front, real; and the tension of living in enemy territory, intense.”

    Horn Book

  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Youth

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ally | 2/14/2014

    " I have never been a huge fan of Avi`s books, but this one was great. Sophia was a very cool and realistic character. I like the plot and how everything flowed and made sense. Very good. A few things were missing- how did she leave without telling her parents?? for example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catharine | 2/8/2014

    " I recently read an old book, also aimed at young readers, about Benedict Arnold. This book retold that story in a way that was much more entertaining. Although it was fictional, most of the characters were historical. A great way to learn a history lesson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terrie | 2/1/2014

    " Read my review at Let's Talk Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly Wagner | 1/27/2014

    " Watching Nathan Hale's hanging puts the ugly face of war on young Sophia Calderwood. In this historical fiction Avi's weaves three revolutionary stories together through this strong female lead; the atrocities that leading to her brother's death on the British prison ships, the traitorous actions of famed Benedict Arnold, and Sophia's heroism in thwarting them off. Middle school readers will enjoy resolving the mystery of who is the America traitor and figuring out how will Sophia, only a 15 year old patriot, foil their plans. I wish that Avi had chosen a male lead. It's my middle school boys who I need to convince that history can come alive. I found the last section a bit clunky when the perspective changed, but otherwise an enjoyable read. "

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About the Author
Author Avi

Avi is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery medal winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Along with his two Newbery Honors, he has won many other awards for his fiction. He lives with his family in Denver.