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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-180-7
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A young boy plays a key role when the War of 1812 comes to his Massachusetts coastal fishing village. The little town of Sandy Bay, Massachusetts, was the site of one of the wildest invasions in U.S. history, when the might of the British Empire came up against hardheaded New England townsfolk. The Invasion of Sandy Bay, based on eyewitness accounts of actual events, tells the tale—through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy—of what happened on the night when the British put too much gunpowder in one of their cannons. The hilarious—and true—events of the topsy-turvy invasion are set against the backdrop of the dangerous lives of the fishermen. Includes author's notes and bibliography.


"Should be welcomed by readers of the genre." --Kirkus Reviews

"History buffs will enjoy reading a war story that is so well grounded in actual events." –Booklist

"A unique perspective to the War of 1812. . . . Aside from publicizing this little-known incident, the novel also fleshes out what daily life was like with an afterword that helps separate fact from fiction." --Library Media Connection

Meet the Author

Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez is especially fascinated by plants and animals that no one loves. "Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The Story of Poison Ivy" is a children's picture book, designed to help the youngest explorers appreciate and avoid poison ivy. She was an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for many years. She lives on a farm in upstate New York, but spent her childhood on Cape Ann, the site of her historical novel The Invasion of Sandy Bay.

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