Lantos, Jeff. Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth About Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. Non-fiction. Charlesbridge, 08/2021. 133pp. $18.99. 978-1-58089-933-8. OUTSTANDING.GRADES 5-12.
In this engaging look at what is known as Paul Revere’s ride, which took place on April 18th and 19th of 1775, the book begins with Longfellow’s poem, and then describes what really occurred and why Longfellow may have changed the facts. The text has a humorous tone that will hold the reader’s attention, yet is clear on what is factual and what is myth; enslaved people who participated are also described. The book design will attract readers with b&w and color photos, maps, sidebars, page decorations and other illustrative elements that break up the text. Supplementary material includes a list of people and their roles in the event, detailed source notes, a bibliography, and an index.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University, iSchool