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ALAMO ALL STARS (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales)

Author: Nathan Hale

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

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Publisher: Abrams Publishing, Amulet Books, 2016

Material: hard cover

Summary: Before the Alamo fell in Texas territory, there were several wars of words and battles between the revolutionaries and the Mexican government. Meet Jim Bowie, Santa Anna, and the military minds of both sides in this conflict. This is a graphic-novel style history of the Texas Revolution and the fall of the Alamo.

Type of Reading: independent reading, reluctant reader, struggling reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 14

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Reading Level: 3.3

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Love the concept, frustrated by the execution. There is so much potential with the concept, but the book jumps around, moves characters in and out, and overplays the irony and humor that young readers love.

Pros: Kids who are interested in history but bored by the idea of a "regular" book will find just what they're looking for (plus humor) in this graphic-novel style story of the Texas revolution.

Cons: The pages are cluttered.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Figure out if this is a book that engages your reader. It is designed to be a high interest / low readability book for middle school students.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GETTYSBURG: The Graphic Novel   CROSSWIRE   THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 8; A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West

Educational Themes: This is an excellent resource for expanding a student's knowledge of Texas history. There is more to the fall of the Alamo than what man of us understand. The "baby-ography" at the back offers readers ways to learn even more, should their interest be piqued.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - graphic novel, middle grade, 1800s, US history

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2017

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