By Hank Pellissier
Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
By Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Twenty-two "patriettes" are praised in this exuberant collection of bios. Sybil Ludington gallops 40 miles to warn American troops — and she's only 16 years old! Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man to fight as a soldier. "Mom" Rinker, Philadelphia spy, passes secrets in balls of yarn. Fun, feminist read that "sets the record straight."
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