Blackwood, Gary. The year of the hangman.Penguin penguin, originally the common name for the now extinct great auk of the N Atlantic and now used (since the 19th cent.) for the unrelated antarctic diving birds. , Putnam, Dutton. 291p. c2002. 0-525-46921-4. $16.99. JS
We can only hope that YA readers catch on immediately that this is an alternate history--the British didn't win the Revolutionary War, Washington wasn't imprisoned im·pris·on
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.
[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en- , Franklin didn't seek refuge in New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded . Blackwood tells the story from the viewpoint of a spoiled young Englishman named Creighton, whose mother arranges to send him to the Colonies to the care of an uncle. It's directly after the British have won the war decisively in this alternate history This article may be too long.
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Patriots have round shelter in New Orleans, a city not under the control of the British, and Creighton somehow gets into the household of the printer, Ben Franklin, where his uncle wants him to spy for the British cause. In the course of the novel, Creighton's loyalties shift and he understands why the Americans want to rid themselves of British rule. He actually develops a conscience.
There is a lot of action. And although Creighton is a kind of anti-hero anti-hero, principal character of a modern literary or dramatic work who lacks the attributes of the traditional protagonist or hero. The anti-hero's lack of courage, honesty, or grace, his weaknesses and confusion, often reflect modern man's ambivalence toward at first, he does become much more sympathetic as the story proceeds. He had never worked before in his life as a young gentleman, and slowly he finds he enjoys the satisfaction of helping Franklin in the printing business, actually producing a finished product to be proud of. There are battles, skirmishes, escapes, a duel--everything that might please a YA reader interested in that period of history.