A succinct biography for young readers of the life and heroism of a sixteen-year old girl who rode through the Hudson Valley to call out her father’s troops to repel British attack during the Revolutionary War. V.T. Dacquino tells of his sleuth work uncovering her authentic story.
Sybil Ludington: Discovering the Life of a Revolutionary War Hero
About the Book
On April 26, 1777, an icy, wind-driven rain ripped across New York State’s farmlands, shaking the boards of the Ludington family mill as a messenger arrived with news that nearby Danbury, Connecticut, was under British attack and burning. Within minutes, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington, daughter of an American colonel, mounted her horse, ready for a forty-mile ride through treacherous terrain in Dutchess and Putnam counties to alert her father’s troops.
For more than two hundred years little was known of Sybil Ludington’s life beyond that night. This version of her biography for young readers tells how her story as freedom fighter, hero, daughter, wife, mother, businesswoman, and grandmother was discovered.
For ages 9 – 12.
Illustrated in color and black and white.
About the Author
V.T. Dacquino is the author of Kiss the Candy Days Goodbye (Dell/Yearling) and Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley (The History Press). He has lectured widely on his adult biography Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms. A retired teacher, he devotes his time to writing and spreading Sybil’s story to children of all ages.
5.5 x 8.25