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The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes

The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution

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The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes
Aug 20, 2019 | ISBN 9781101998137
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“Stokes’s practice as a screenwriter is evident; readers will feel like they’re in a blockbuster film. A high interest video game–like exploration of the American Revolution.”–School Library Journal

“An entertaining introduction to America’s War for Independence conveyed with enough kid-friendly humor that it may make those who dismiss history as a bore reconsider.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Easy to read, will engage reluctant readers of history, and spur discussions.”–School Library Connection

Author Q&A

How did you get the idea for the Thrifty Guide series?

JWS: One of my best friends, Zach Greenberger, hatched the idea when we were in high school. The concept nagged me for two decades. When I broke into children’s publishing, Zach gave me his blessing to run with it. For fun, I gave the lead character of “Finn Greenquill,” a slightly similar name to “Zach Greenberger.”

What other time periods do you want to write travel guides for?

JWS: There are so many! I’m hoping we discover time travel guides for different continents, covering African history, Asian history, and Native American history. World War One, World War Two, and the American Civil War are also hugely important topics, as well as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and even the Impressionist period. For fun, I’d love to discover a time traveler’s guide to the future, so we can learn more about the strange world of Finn Greenquill and Time Corp.

What’s the weirdest fact you’ve found out in your research for these travel guides?

JWS: Probably the fact that my favorite Greek poet, Aeschylus, was killed when he was hit on the head by a falling tortoise.

We heard the Thrifty Guides might get made into a movie! Can you tell us a little about that?

JWS: New Line Cinema owns the movie rights to the book. The screenplay centers on a group of time traveling students who are on their Ancient Rome trip for history class. When Julius Caesar mistakenly attacks their class field trip, things go horribly awry. The students must go on a harrowing adventure through time to make it back home to the present. Along the way, they do their best not to alter the course of history.

If you could visit any historical event, when would you go to?

JWS: I might visit the Roman Forum where Mark Antony showed the Romans Caesar’s bloody toga and incited the mob to avenge Caesar’s assassination! For my second choice, I think I would really enjoy a dinosaur safari in the Jurassic period.

Table Of Contents

Introduction:     The Basics of Time Travel
Chapter One:    The Boston Tea Party
Chapter Two:    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
Chapter Three: The Battle of Bunker Hill
Chapter Four:   The Siege of Boston
Chapter Five:   The Declaration of Independence
Chapter Six:     The Battle of Brooklyn
Chapter Seven: The Crisis
Chapter Eight:  Payback Time
Chapter Nine:   The Battle of Cowpens
Chapter Ten:        Victory

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