“Twenty-One Heroes“ (YA Historical Fiction) - Signed by the author, Sam Forman

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Twenty-One Heroes, signed by the author


Hardcover (224 pages), brand new and autographed by the author, Sam Forman.

Historian Sam Forman, author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty, the definitive biography of this important Revolutionary War figure, did something unheard of. He wrote a well-researched piece of historical fiction for young adults. I believe in Sam and what he's done, and am eager to see this reach a wider audience, so I asked him if I could get a few autographed copies to offer. I'm interested in what you (or young adult reader) think after reading this.

Liberty is a seductive principle for young Revolutionary Americans.

Inspired by the 21 graves of soldiers who died at the Continental Army’s encampment along the Delaware River, author Sam A. Forman pays tribute to these anonymous young heroes by capturing the essence of their experiences during the Revolutionary War. The formative trials of America are mirrored in the personal choices of the three main characters. Outspoken Katherine supports the patriot cause with conviction, intelligence, and poise, inspiring the respect of many and the affections of two college students—Ezra and Joshua. While fighting, disease, and unrest surround them, these young people suffer the additional pains of heartache and the longing of true love. Combining historical facts with modern sensibilities, Forman creates an engaging tale of adventure and romance.

"Twenty-One Heroes is a young adult historical novel that brings the lives of these unidentified heroes to life and it's very inspiring. The three young people in the story are Katherine Mayhew, Joshua Spencer and Ezra Wright. Katherine is a girl of the 18th century and a dedicated Patriot, just as obsessive about the revolution as any man . . .  Katherine's attitude and intelligence motivates the young men on and off the battlefield and the belief in their cause bring the three together as they struggle over the trials of war." - Mary Lignor, Feathered Quill

"This is the type of book that I do think grabs a young reader - it subversively educates while wrapping the education in a fictional story the keeps a younger reader interested.  I enjoy books that sneak knowledge into their lives."  - Julie Barton, Dew on the Kudzu - Celebrating the Southern Written Word

From the Inside Flap

“The seeds of Liberty are deeply rooted here and will continue to expand, underground if the Tyranny prevails, throughout the world if we succeed.”
—Chapter 20

About the book

At the site of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River, twenty-one anonymous graves stand as a remembrance of the Continental soldiers lost leading up to that momentous day. Author Sam A. Forman pays homage to their sacrifice by realistically imagining the lives of these young revolutionaries, capturing the essence of their experiences during this tumultuous and formative time and telling of the adventures they may have had.

Set amid the impassioned and stirring era of the Revolutionary War, this coming-of-age young-adult novel explores the historical, cultural, and personal struggles of the period through the lives of three young patriots—Katherine Mayhew, Joshua Spencer, and Ezra Wright. Katherine presents herself as a good American girl of the eighteenth century when in fact she is a committed Patriot, with the same ardor for freedom and passionate convictions of any man.

Joshua Spencer and Ezra Wright are friends and students at Harvard University, where they debate on issues of science, poetry, politics, and the contested future of the colonies. Katherine’s fiery spirit and intelligence inspire both young men, on the battlefield and off. Formed by a strong sense of purpose, unwavering commitment, and an intimate belief in their cause, the struggles of this love triangle mirror the foundational trials of America.

About the author

Sam Forman is also the author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty, the definitive biography of this important Revolutionary War figure. (An autographed copy is available.)

Forman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, earning BAs in American history and the history of science and biology. He received his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College and MBA from Yale School of Management. Forman is a historian, the president of Oak and Ivy Health Systems, Inc., and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is board-certified in occupational medicine and licensed to practice in four states. Forman is a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston Athenæum, Bostonian Society, and New England Historic Genealogical Society.


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