Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #2 and #3

One of my new favorite series is the “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” series by Nathan Hale (the writer/illustrator, not the patriot that was hung for being a spy in the Revolutionary War). The first in the series is One Dead Spy. I totally loved that book. So of course I was interested in seeing the next few in the series.

big bad ironclad

Big Bad Ironclad!
In this edition of the Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) is telling the British officer and the hangman about two ironclad ships that fought in the Civil War. One ship was used for the Confederate navy and the other was part of the Union navy. The South salvaged a burned ship and covered it with iron. The North hired a Swedish inventor to build a small iron ship quickly. Both ships had problems. Both ships made a difference for their respective navies. And of course there are all kinds of bits that made me laugh out loud. (Especially the research babies and the correction baby. I didn’t realize how fun it would be to read some end notes at the end of a story.)
Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9
FORMAT: Graphic Novel, Non-fiction
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School

donner dinner party

Donner Dinner Party
The third in the series tells about the Donner/Reed party and their tragic trek to California. Of course the narrator is still Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) who is accompanied by the British officer and the hangman. The story starts in Springfield, Illinois where the Reed family first leave to go on their journey. Then comes the long trek. Of course there are many obstacles that the group encounters. A lot of them stem from the choice that the group takes a “short cut” across the Salt Lake desert (home of the salt flats where nothing grows). And because of the gross facts of the group’s cannibalism the narrator gives a choose-your-own-adventure-type of option where readers can skip ahead (although they won’t…because the age of the readers of this book will love gross things). Seriously this is another good non-fiction book filled with loads of facts in a graphic novel format.
Amulet Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0856-5
FORMAT: Graphic Novel, Non-fiction
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School

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