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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

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Revolutionary War Heroine Rediscovered in In Search of Molly Pitcher

by Linda Grant De Pauw


Pasadena, MD, Feb 21, 2008 - Just in time for women's history month, In Search of

Molly Pitcher by prizewinning historian Linda Grant De Pauw is out in a paperback

edition. De Pauw has written a great deal about the Revolutionary War heroine Molly

Pitcher in books for both adult and young adult audiences, but students still ask her the

same questions that they asked thirty years ago. She wrote In Search of Molly Pitcher, as

a mystery story to answer all the questions while entertaining young readers.


"The 130th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth where Molly Pitcher displayed her

heroism is in June 2008, and I am so happy that my book is available now," says De

Pauw. "Molly Pitcher is the best known military woman in American History, and the

image of her patriotic service at a cannon has inspired generations of girls and women.

But the real facts surrounding the legend have been very hard to come by."


When Peggy McAllister learns about an eighth grade social studies award, she is

determined to win it. When she chooses Molly Pitcher, the legendary heroine of the

Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, as the subject for her research paper she runs

into difficulties. With the help of her Greatgramps, a retired private investigator, his lady

friend Mrs. Spinner, historian and author of historical romances, and Ms. Guelphstein, a

dedicated reference librarian, Peggy sorts through a maze of confusing and

contradictory evidence as she uncovers the true story of Molly Pitcher.



Alfred F. Young, author of Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah

Sampson, Continental Soldier says, "De Pauw is a skilled historian who takes us on an

exciting detective hunt for Molly Pitcher. What a wonderful way for young readers to

learn how to separate historical fact from fiction-and have a lot of fun doing it. I loved

this book."

Eric G. Grundset, Library Director of the National Society Daughters of the

American Revolution says: "Historical method and inquiry, verification of facts, and

sifting of information offer the reader useful instruction in the guise of a clever detective


Historical interpreter Stacy F. Roth says: "In Search of Molly Pitcher deserves

three huzzahs!"

Barbara J. Crudale, President, Rhode Island School Counselor Association says:

"Should be on all middle school required reading lists. Students will identify with

the main character. Enjoyable reading for adults too!"

Beth Gilgun, historian in residence, Deerfield Teachers' Center says "Clearly

points out the difference between primary and secondary sources, clearly walks a student

through the process of researching a paper, and does it all in a very entertaining manner.

I enjoyed it so much that I read it straight through."

And Lucie McCormick, age 12, from Mohawk Middle School in Shelburne Falls,

Massachusetts says, "This book was really interesting, and it made me more interested in

history. Even for people who don't like learning, I think this would be a good book."


About the book:

In Search of Molly Pitcher by Linda Grant De Pauw

ISBN: 978-1435706071


Date of publish: Jan 2008

Pages: 164

S.R.P.: $12.00


About the author:

Linda Grant De Pauw is Professor Emeritus of History at the George Washington

University and president of The Minerva Center, a non-profit educational foundation

supporting the study of women and war. In addition to books for adult audiences

including Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present, De

Pauw is the author of two books for young adults: Founding Mothers and Seafaring




Note: Review copies of this book are available by replying to this e-mail.

Please include your mailing address.

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