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Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
Contributor(s): Brockenbrough, Martha
ISBN: 1250123194     ISBN-13: 9781250123190
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    OUR PRICE: $17.99  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: Describes the life, career, and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton, from his humble early life in the West Indies to his position of power in colonial America as a founding father.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Statesmen; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 973.4092
LCCN: 2016056559
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 6.75" W x 1.25" (1.50 lbs) 372 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192478
Reading Level: 7.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71807
Reading Level: 8.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Martha Brockenbrough draws on her diverse experience in journalism, research, nonfiction, and literary teen fiction to bring Alexander Hamilton to life. A powerful storyteller and narrative voice, Brockenbrough is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels The Game of Love and Death and Devine Intervention. She enjoys reading Hamilton's original correspondence, playing board games, and spending time with her family. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
The dramatic tale of a "penniless nobody" who became a key player in the birth of a new nation is conveyed in a lively narrative occasionally marred by awkward phrasing and unusual design elements. Brockenbrough is less dispassionate biographer than cheerleader for Hamilton's legacy. Readers mature enough for this volume might skip to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton. Timeline. Bib, ind. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 June #4)

Brockenbrough's ambitious and impressively researched project gives equal weight to Alexander Hamilton's personal and professional lives and to the history of the founding and early years of the United States. Tracing Hamilton's amazing journey from his illegitimate birth in 1755 on the West Indies island of Nevis to his death by duel in 1804, Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death) dives into the extraordinary life of this accomplished and multifaceted historical figure. Packed with characters and detailed descriptions of the major historical events of the late 18th century, including many Revolutionary battle scenes, the book's scope is somewhat daunting; even readers newly obsessed with Hamilton, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster musical, may feel overwhelmed at times. The colloquial tone is approachable, though attempts to create suspense through dramatic pronouncements ("It would be unlike anything the world had ever seen") become a little worn. Nearly 80 pages of back matter include a family tree, timeline, list of major Revolutionary battles, bibliography, and footnotes, as well as around two dozen short essays on topics that include duels, wig wearing, and Federalism. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 7 Up—Brockenbrough engagingly re-creates the complex character and eventful life of Alexander Hamilton in her nuanced biography. The author explores this eloquent, passionate, and principled founding father, from his illegitimate birth on the Caribbean island of Nevis to his fatal duel with Aaron Burr. The chronological narrative relies on thorough research to present details of Hamilton as an orphan, student, Revolutionary War hero, writer, doting husband and father, womanizer, politician, and public servant. Delving into his relationships with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Burr, John Adams, James Madison, the Schuyler sisters, and Maria Reynolds, the author tempers what would otherwise be a glowing tribute by investigating Hamilton's all-consuming ambition, love of women, and obsessive devotion to being a man of honor. Readers not well versed in American history will appreciate the clear, approachable syntax and storytelling that compellingly presents complicated events and ideas. Judicious use of primary and secondary sources ensures historical accuracy as the title provides insight into Hamilton's thoughts and offers a welcome scattering of humorous anecdotes. The prose strengthens as the well-paced work progresses; Brockenbrough hits her stride with a suspenseful description of the Battle of Yorktown. VERDICT A highly enjoyable, well-researched biography of Alexander Hamilton that both applauds his significant accomplishments and highlights his flaws. Consider for sophisticated readers.—Kate Reid, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.