"Reading historical fiction of this caliber is a wonderful way for a young adult to gain insights into this chapter of American history." - Virginia Rafferty, Goodreads
In 1777, seventeen-year-old Roland McCaffrey joins the American Revolution. He is part of the army trying to stop the invasion force of British general John Burgoyne. Fighting alongside his sergeant and mentor, Roland becomes a skilled rifleman. He feels guilty for killing but plays an important role in the American strategy. At the Battles of Saratoga, Roland engages in combat under Benedict Arnold.
The late June sun was already heating the day and the mist was thinning. As the damp soil warmed, it gave off a thick smell of moss and decay. In this dense Adirondack forest, it seemed the leaves of a thousand autumns sat forever, never returning to the soil.
"The Ghosts of Saratoga will not only entertain but also educate the reader on how untrained American patriots could defeat the highly trained British army. You'll get an insightful look at what it was like to be on the battlefield and gain insights into this chapter of American history." Meaghan, Goodreads
About the authors:
David R. Ossont has worked as a musician, a Fish and Wildlife Technician and for nearly three decades taught science to seventh and eighth graders. He received his college education from several colleges of the State University of New York. He has two children, Kyle and Hayley and lives with his wife Pam in upstate New York, not far from where the events of Ghosts of Saratoga take place.
David Dampf has been a middle school social studies teacher for the past 28 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam with a major in history and secondary education and a Master’s degree in reading from SUNY Cortland. Since he believes that understanding history is essential to being an educated, thoughtful adult, he has spent his life telling stories that make history come alive. He lives in Oneida, New York, with his family.
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