The White House is Burning: August 24, 1814

Screen Shot 2014 07 16 at 9.26.43 AM 341x450 Guest Post! This “biography of a single day” recounts the terrible day that the British attacked and destroyed the young nation’s capitol. American soldiers were forced to turn and flee. Drawing upon first-person accounts, including First Lady Dolley Madison, a British officer, a teenage American soldier, and a nine-year-old slave, the compelling chronology of the events of August 24, 1814, will have readers young and old riveted. 

Extensively researched and thorough in coverage, this book gives readers a full view of this compelling story and the events leading up to the conflict. The title is enhanced by the original maps, portraits, paintings, and drawings of key personalities. Sutcliffe’s use of primary sources is impressive as she weaves together a seamless tale from a variety of perspectives. The author draws upon firsthand accounts from a variety of sources (respected military personnel, political figures, everyday citizens, and slaves) to provide an impartial, well-rounded look at this pivotal day in our nation’s history and its aftermath. Certain to spark interest in history aficionados, this title would be a welcome purchase for most collections.  ~School Library Journal

If it seems that the War of 1812 doesn’t thrive in the classroom, crammed as it is between the massive units on the Revolutionary and Civil wars, look to Sutcliffe’s title as an antidote.  ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

A graceful narrative draws from primary sources to shed light on a key historic day.  ~Kirkus Reviews

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Title
  • A Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies book

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