Nineteen-year-old Will Knox is frustrated with life in General Washington's army. The men have been under seige for months, and now fighting is at a standstill because of the bitter winter cold. Even worse, the Americans have no artillery with which to defend themselves against the British navy. But Will's brother, Henry, devises a daring plan: They will trek acros three hundred miles of dangerous mountain wilderness to bring 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga back to Boston. General Washington's officers say the journey is impossible. But as rumors of a British offensive fly, Will and Henry spur on the men who have bravely joined them, hoping to arrive in Boston in time to win the battle for the Americans.
Seymour Reit re-creates the true story of Will Knox, a nineteen-year-old boy who undertook the daring and dangerous task of transporting 183 cannons from New York’s Fort Ticonderoga to Boston--in the dead of winter--to help George Washington win an important battle.
SEYMOUR REIT is the author of more than eighty books for young readers. An experienced animated cartoonist, he is also the creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Mr. Reit lives in New York City.
“A fast paced, well-told adventure story...Authentic...Satisfying.”—School Library Journal