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School Library Journal—
February 1, 2015

Gr 7-10–In a clear writing style, Casey profiles 20 female figures in this collection of biographies of women involved with the American Revolution. While some of the names are legendary and recognizable, most are not. These ordinary girls and women who accomplished amazing feats usually thought of as masculine make for interesting reading. From spies to soldiers to slaves, the women profiled here are engaging enough to keep students interested, and some may even seek out further information. The author shares her research of differing accounts of the same events, so the readers can decipher the evidence for themselves. Each piece is brief—no more than 10 pages, and readers will find them very accessible. VERDICT This well-researched book sheds light on lesser known women of this period and is an excellent way to incorporate diversity into the curriculum.
–Glynis Jean Wray, Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ

Women Heroes of the
American Revolution

American Revolution

Casey, Susan. Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue.

Chicago Review Press, 2015, $19.95,
ISBN 978-1-61374-583-0

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Booklist—Feb 15, 2015
The latest addition to the Women in Action series offers 20 instances of women and girls serving their country during the American Revolution. Ranging from Deborah Sampson Gannett's service in the Continental Army to Rebecca Motte's setting her own house on fire when British troops occupied it, the women's exploits also included spying, carrying messages, capturing troops, and rescuing prisoners. A typical chapter profiles one person's achievements and ends with suggested books and websites for further study. Throughout the book, Casey makes good use of quotes, which are often taken from period sources. When there are conflicting accounts of events, both versions are presented. In describing "Legendary Ladies" such as Molly Pitcher, Mammy Kate, and Nancy Hart, she discusses which parts of their stories can be documented and which may represent popular lore. Extensive source notes are appended. The many black-and-white illustrations include reproductions of archival portraits, prints and drawings, letters, and newspaper advertisements. A fine, useful resource for students of American history.
—Carolyn Phelan

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