When the American Revolution arrives in Thomas Strong's sleepy Long Island village, his life is turned upside down. His church becomes a fort for the British, and a company of Redcoats are quartered in his family's home. But worst of all, his father is arrested as a traitor and taken away. It's no wonder that Thomas's mother seems to have been affected in the head. She washes and rewashes handkerchiefs and petticoats so that her clothesline is continually full of laundry. The errands on which she sends Thomas are not only peculiar but dangerous, since they take him right past a Redcoat encampment. At first Thomas doesn't know what to make of his mother's behavior, but as he keeps his eyes and ears open, he begins to suspect that things are not necessarily as they seem. Katherine Kirkpatrick's captivating story is based on the Culper Spy Ring, which operated on Long Island and in Connecticut from 1778 - 1783. Its purpose was to send messages to General George Washington about the activities of the British Army in New York City. Ronald Himler's dramatic watercolor illustrations bring this pivotal period of U.S. history to life for contemporary readers. Katherine Kirkpatrick grew up near Setauket in Stony Brook, New York. She first learned of Anna (Nancy) Strong's role in the Culper Spy Ring from Strong's great-great-granddaughter, Kate Strong, whom she interviewed for a fourth-grade project. Kirkpatrick has published eight books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at http: //katherinekirkpatrick.com . Ronald Himler has illustrated over a hundred books for children. His paintings also appear in art galleries throughout the Southwest, where he is highly acclaimed for his portraits of the Plains Indians. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. To find out more about his work, visit http: //www.ronhimler.com/.
Katherine Kirkpatrick has published eight books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. Her title Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man was named a Golden Kite Honor Book by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. At the time she wrote Trouble's Daughter, she lived on City Island, in the Bronx, New York City, a few miles from where Anne Hutchinson's farm stood. As part of the research for the book, she enjoyed kayaking around the area. Katherine grew up in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, and graduated from the Stony Brook School and Smith College. She lives in Seattle with her family.
Ronald Himler has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including The Lily Cupboard by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, Hook Moon Night by Faye Gibbons, and The Wall and Fly Away Home, both by Eve Bunting. His work also appears in art galleries throughout the Southwest, where he is highly acclaimed for his portrayal of the Plains Indians. Mr. Himler lives in the desert just outside Tucson, Arizona.