Boys of Wartime

Daniel at the Siege of
 Boston, 1776
Dutton Children’s Books, 2010  
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0525421443
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0142417508

“Mystery, espionage, and treachery fuel this tale about the onset of the American Revolution.” — Horn Book

“. . . an engaging narrative.” — Booklist

“Daniel’s exciting and nerve-racking role 
in the Revolutionary War makes for breathless, page-turning reading.” 
Winston-Salem Journal

Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott cheered when the Sons of Liberty dumped English tea into Boston Harbor. Then King George sent his soldiers to take over Boston and its port. Now Daniel’s home is a city under siege.

When his father slips away to join the rebels, Daniel works in the family tavern and eavesdrops on Redcoat officers. He soon learns how to slip across British lines and becomes a messenger and spy, bringing vital news of the enemy to his father, and even to General Washington. To do so puts Daniel’s life in danger. But, to a Patriot, liberty is well worth any risk.

For the teacher’s guide, click here:
Daniel at the Siege of Boston, Teacher's Guide.pdf


History comes alive in this series about boys on the front lines of America’s most important battles.

I sat down with an expert and came up with a list of Common Core-Aligned Activities to go along with my Boys of Wartime novels.  Download the PDF here: CC activites.pdf

Will at the Battle of 
Gettysburg, 1863
Dutton Children’s Books, 2011 
ISBN-13: 978-0525-42145-0

Winner of the Beacon of Freedom Award

Nominated for the Mark Twain Readers Award!

“Throughout Calkhoven's accessible and exciting text, Will learns about the complexities and horrors of war. “ 
Horn Book

“Calkhoven draws on the many firsthand accounts of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and weaves a solid tale of war. . . readers will come away understanding not only the facts of the battle but the underlying debates over states' rights and slavery. A fine introduction to a battle that turned the tide of the war.”  
Kirkus Reviews

“. . . will appeal to history buffs and reluctant readers alike.”  
School Library Journal

Twelve-year-old Will wants to be a drummer in the Union army, but he’s stuck far from the fighting in his sleepy hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Then the Union and Confederate armies converge on Gettysburg, and suddenly Will and his family are caught up in the battle.

From delivering important messages and helping the wounded and even saving a young soldier’s life, Will takes readers on a firsthand trip through one of the Civil War’s most significant battles.

For the Teacher’s Guide, click here:
Will at the Battle of Gettysburg Teacher's Guide.pdf
Michael at the Invasion of
 France, 1943
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0-8037-3724-2

“. . . delivers taut action and adventure as Michael plays a role in shepherding downed Allied aviators out of France. The elements of hiding, codes, and surreptitious communications will capture readers, as will the bravery of the many French who defied the Nazis.” 

“Suspenseful . . .” Kirkus Reviews

“The action is intense, particularly in scenes involving a near-disastrous encounter with a Nazi during a rescue attempt and Michael encountering an interloper while attempting to deliver Resistance materials.”
School Library Journal

When the Nazis invade Paris, Michael, a thirteen-year-old French-American, wants to be part of the Resistance. Starting small, vandalizing Nazi propaganda and refusing to hail Hitler, Michael works his way into the full-blown Resistance , escorting American aviators to safe houses and delivering important spy documents. But when an injured pilot needs help to escape France, and the Gestapo comes knocking, will Michael be brave enough to complete the mission?

For the Teacher’s Guide, click here:
Michael Teacher's Guide.pdf