Fifteen-year-old Ben Buck and his family spent four years clearing the wilderness to build a new home in Pennsylvania. They fought the Indians and the British, and they made sacrifices most people wouldn’t have been strong enough to make, all so they could be independent and free. Now someone’s trying to take everything away from them—their land, their home, even Ben’s best friend, Joe. But the Bucks won’t give up without a fight, and Ben knows his family will have to win a war to stay free. But what he doesn’t know is that wars sometimes last a very long time. And even if you win in the end, you can lose almost everything along the way.
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the Revolution touches the lives of the Buck family only tangentially, they are
embroiled in a now forgotten war between two states—the bitter, bloody struggle
between Connecticut and Pennsylvania for control of the Wyoming Valley…Ben’s
chronicle is distinguished by an absence of theatricality and casual, unhokey
dialogue…Ben Buck makes a powerful historical witness.”
About the Authors
James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet out of the Past. He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.
Christopher Collier is professor of history at the University of Connecticut. His field is early American history, especially the history of Connecticut and the American Revolution.
About Charlie Thurston
Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep and has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You.