John Hancock and Samuel Adams were an unlikely pair of troublemakers. Hancock was young and dashing. Adams was old and stodgy. But working together, they rallied the people of Boston against the unfair policies of Great Britain and inspired American resistance.

And to King George, they became a royal pain.

When the British army began marching toward Lexington and Concord, sending Hancock and Adams fleeing into the woods, the two men couldn’t help but worry . . . this time, had they gone too far?

Rich with historical detail and primary sources, this spirited tale takes readers through ten years of taxes and tea-tossing, tyranny and town hall meetings. The team behind Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word reunites for a lively look at the origins of the American Revolution told through the powerful partnership of two legendary founders.

Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham
Rotem Moscovich
Art Designer: Phil Buchanan
ISBN 978-1368026833

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available march 24, 2020

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National council for THE social studies notable book of 2019

2019 international literacy association’s teacher’s choice reading list

2019 Bank Street Best Children’s BookS

2019 notable children’s book in the language arts (CLA/NCTE)

2018 junor library guild selection

A picture book biography of revolutionary maverick Thomas Paine, whose persuasive Common Sense rallied Americans to declare independence against the mightiest empire in the world.

Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham
Rotem Moscovich
Art Designer: Maria Elias
ISBN 978-148478144-9

"A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT."

--Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine

Oh no they didn't!

See what famous folks said at the time about Thomas Paine's shocking pamphlet Common Sense. Who was "charmed"? Who thought it was "so manly"? 


Sarah and Dr. Jett Conner discuss their books on Paine.