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Laurie Halse Anderson

Dear Reader:

When I was a little girl, I was a proud, but confused American. The Social Studies' books were filled with the adventures of the Founding Fathers and the other guys who made the United States independent.  

But what about the women? What about the girls? What did they do?

They did LOTS!

I dug into the archives and found dozens of women and girls who fought for freedom. They spied on the British, rescued Patriot prisoners-of-war, acted as scouts for the frontier troops, ran their husbands' farms and businesses, took care of injured soldiers, survived Valley Forge, defended their homes, and, occasionally, fought on battlefields - even though that was against the law.

Read INDEPENDENT DAMES to get the whole story about the founding of America.

For a chance to win a signed copy, email

Bookishly yours,
Laurie Halse Anderson

Independent Dames / Laurie Halse Anderson / Simon & Schuster

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0689858086 / Published: June 2008

Ages 6 - 12

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