Benedict Arnold was a General during the American Revolutionary War, who started out as a general on the American side and was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general. If you are curious how this happened, read on!
For younger children, ages 7 and up, Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz is a compelling way to meet this complicated man, who because of the way he changed sides, his name quickly became a byword in the US for treason or betrayal. For older children (grade 6 and up) there is the recent recipient of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin. Mostly known as a notorious traitor, this book shows Arnold as a great war hero—reckless, heroic, and driven. With first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.
Read and discover the real Benedict Arnold.