Cloaked In Courage: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier

Calkins Creek. Nov. 2022. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781635926101.
Gr 2-6–Deborah Sampson was a woman who declared her own independence and then proceeded to fight for the independence of her country. This picture book biography of the heroic American Revolutionary soldier starts with her early childhood and continues through her life of servitude as a young person followed by her determination to enlist in the army fighting for American independence. Sampson was able to conceal her gender despite a serious bullet wound suffered during battle as an elite soldier. Known as Robert Shurtliff when enlisted in the Continental Army, she became seriously ill after the war ended and her gender was discovered by a physician. She was then discharged honorably. Back matter not only adds to the story of this fascinating patriot but also addresses the challenges of researching with primary and secondary sources from the time period. These final pages broaden the audience for this title to middle and high school students and their teachers looking for insight into the process of historical research.
VERDICT This biography of a lesser-known American hero and look into the process of researching historical sources is an essential purchase across several age ranges.

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