Crogan's Loyalty (Crogan's Adventures #3)

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Crogan's Loyalty (Crogan's Adventures #3)
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
May 29, 2012
ISBN
978-1934964408
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The fan-favorite graphic novel series from Eisner-nominated cartoonist Chris Schweizer returns with an all new adventure! Charles and William Crogan are two brothers with very different perspectives on family, country, and loyalty. Now they find themselves on opposite sides of the brewing conflict between colonial separatists and those still determined to serve the British Crown. Will their brotherhood be washed away in the bloodshed of the War or will their own ties endure?

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Teaching kids about the Revolutionary War? Throw away the textbook, and read Crogan's Loyalty.
(Updated: August 02, 2012)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
CROGAN’S LOYALTY, the latest volume in Chris Schweizer's ongoing series about the varied adventures of the Crogan clan ancestors, is as surprising and exciting a historical narrative as its predecessors. While the first story took us to sea in 1701 with Catfish Crogan (Crogan’s Vengance, 2008) and the second trapped us in the North African desert in 1912 with Peter Crogan, French legionnaire (Crogan’s March, 2010), this third book is set somewhat closer to home (at least for U.S. readers). It is 1778, the Revolutionary War is in full swing and two Crogan brothers (Charles and William) find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, both believing themselves to be loyal patriots, fully in the right and justified in their choice to take up arms.

In that one simple stroke – the meeting of two brothers who otherwise feel no great hostility towards each other (beyond normal sibling tension) and who therefore are forced to view the “enemy” sympathetically – CROGAN’S LOYALTY manages to add more nuance and complexity to the whole question of American independence than a hundred textbooks. It cuts through piles of grade-school propaganda about the plucky Americans fighting the cruel British, and allows the two brothers to argue their reasons for which side they have chosen to support without judgment.

Nor does the story overlook the thousands of people – settlers and Native Americans – who did not wish to involve themselves in the conflict and for whom the outcome was to some extent irrelevant. One side plot, for example, involved the brothers visiting a local Native American tribe, peaceful in their interactions with the European settlers despite the steady encroachment upon their land. Both sides want them to enlist, but the chief insists they have no wish to fight for either side. This volume also includes a strong female character, Bess, whom Will loves and who is quite capable of rescuing herself when she is kidnapped by a disenchanted and homeless Native American.

The drawings are simple, pen-and-ink type cartoons, although that is not to say that they lack subtlety. Bess is charmingly un-pretty and the Hessian soldiers who form Charles’ unit are square and small-eyed. The brothers both have enormous round ears, and the shifts in perspective, particularly during fighting, are almost dizzyingly quick.

Although some of the more complex historical ideas might be lost on younger readers, they will still enjoy the adventure, while older readers will find much food for thought about familial relationships and complex politics surrounding the founding of our nation.
Good Points
Historically complex and provocative
Gripping adventure
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