Life in New York City in 1776 is not easy for 12-year-old Sophia Calderwood. Her brother, William, has left home to fight with the Rebel Army, and Sophia and her parents find British-occupied New York City a dangerous place to live and work. When William is captured by the British and held on a prison ship, Sophia makes a vow to herself to do anything in her power to avenge the cruel treatment he received. Her resolve is strengthened when the British officer staying in her home, John Andre, refuses to help her rescue William.
Sophia gets the chance to fight for her brother and her country three years later, when a mysterious man recruits her to be a spy for General Washington. Sophia, still resolved to avenge her brother and his fellow prisoners, agrees to spy on a prominent British officer living in New York City. It isn’t long before she uncovers information that could turn the tide of the war and save the patriot cause–if Sophia is willing to betray someone she once loved.
Sophia’s War is a thoroughly researched, engaging novel that historical fiction enthusiasts will love. It is based on true events, and every character except Sophia and her family actually existed. Because of its complex prose and gritty descriptions of prison conditions, Sophia’s War is best suited for mature readers in upper elementary and middle school. Fans of Ann Rinaldi’s works will enjoy this spin on one of American history’s most famous traitors.