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John Adams Speaks for Freedom
Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Craig Orback
Non-Fiction (Series)
Ages 6 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2005,
  John Adams was a bookish boy who grew up to be a young man who loved to talk, to discuss issues, and to play a part in the workings of his country. Like so many other people John came to realize that the country that he thought of as his own was not really his. At least it would not be until it was longer no being ‘ruled’ by an English king. Thus it was that John joined the fight to gain independence from Britain. John became one of the five representatives from Massachusetts to attend the Continental Congress and though he hated to leave his beloved wife and his children, he left them to go to Philadelphia to do what he could to convince his fellow Americans that independence was the only way to go.
  One stormy day in early July 1776 John spoke to his fellow congressmen for two hours, trying to help them to see that signing the newly written Declaration of Independence was the right thing to do. Later he went to France to ask the French for the help in the coming war.
  In this excellent non-fiction title, young readers will discover that John Adams played a vital role in the history of the United States, sacrificing a great deal for the cause that he believed in. The text is written in a simple style which young readers will find easy to follow and engaging.

John Adams Speaks For Freedom


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