Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America

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8.4 X 11.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Anna Crowley Redding loves nothing more than putting on a detective hat to discover a forgotten tale of history and heroism, which made Rescuing the Declaration of Independence such fun to write. Anna's stealthy research skills come from an Emmy Award-winning career as an investigative reporter and a lifelong tendency to never mind her own business. Anna is also the author of Google It: A History of Google and Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World. She lives with her family outside Portland, Maine. You can visit her at

Edwin Fotheringham is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for kids, including What to Do About Alice?, recipient of both a Sibert Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy); Those Rebels, John & Tom; and Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word. He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him at


"This rollicking tale gives a nice sense of the time period. It also emphasizes how the actions of a less-than-famous but determined individual can have great effect and demonstrates that each person's role in history--even one that focuses on packing up government files and papers--is important. Budding historians as well as those unfamiliar with history will both enjoy this pleasant, fast-moving selection."

--Kirkus Reviews
"Fotheringham's (Most Wanted) action-packed illustrations, hand-drawn and digitally rendered, bring to life a little-known piece of United States history...Redding (Google It) imbues her often-alliterative narration with a sense of urgency, echoed in the artwork, as Pleasanton works to save original manuscripts such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Nearly every spread features exigent motion, whether a galloping horse or Pleasonton running."--Publishers Weekly
"The narrative propels readers forward and is complimented by Fotheringham's playful, digitally rendered illustrations...this picture book is a unique tale of heroism by an ordinary and relatively unknown clerk. A welcome addition to history shelves."--School Library Journal
"Budding historians as well as those unfamiliar with history will both enjoy this pleasant, fast-moving selection."--Kirkus Reviews