A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

1 CD. 14 min. Dreamscape. Jan. 2017. $14.99. ISBN 9781520066172.
RedReviewStarGr 2–5—The true story of James Lafayette, a Revolutionary double agent, will captivate and anger young listeners as they learn about the incredible dangers that James, an American enslaved person, took while trying to secure America's freedom from the British and earning his own from his masters. At great danger to himself, James became a spy for both the British and the American armies and played a pivotal role in helping win some major battles and, ultimately, the war. Realizing too late that freedom was promised only to enslaved soldiers, not spies, James had to fight to free himself from the very people he had just helped win their independence. Captivatingly narrated by Rodney Gardiner, whose deep, rich voice beautifully tells the tale of intrigue, adventure, and heartache with reverence and articulated care, the audiobook also includes a page-turn track and thematic music.
VERDICT Perfect for young listeners wanting to know more about the Revolutionary War and African American history. ["A profoundly successful work": SLJ 11/16 starred review of the Millbrook book.]—Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN

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