The premise: Benedict Arnold, the traitorous general in the American Revolution, is a fire-y, hothead who likes doing things his way. This and his smart mouth always get him in trouble. But he is more than the sum of his infamous decision, and this book gives insight into the man Benedict Arnold was and how and why he made the decision he did.
What keeps readers reading: It's a non-fiction book always on the verge of something exciting, new, or dangerous. Through the story of one man's life and how it affected the history of a nation, the author makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. It's a major contribution to American history in a way that most people want to read history--through a story.
What I enjoyed: I love a lot of things about this book. Even though I love non-fiction, I really liked how Steve Sheinkin took all his research on Benedict Arnold and wrote it in story form but kept it non-fiction. I also love how The Notorious Benedict Arnold took a stereotyped American hero-turned-traitor and unveiled the full story behind him.
That's my son's opinion! Although some find the non-fiction section scary, this book reads like an action thriller. For more middle grade recommendations, follow the links in my Middle Grade Monday tab or the ones found on Shannon Messenger's blog.
Happy middle grade reading!