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Eleven-year-old Dorsy and her family come to understand each other better when they are caught in the path of the British Army advancing on Washington in the summer of 1814.


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Eleven-year-old Dorsy and her family come to understand each other better when they are caught in the path of the British Army advancing on Washington in the summer of 1814.

28 review for The Toad on Capitol Hill

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eve Schaub

    This book has been languishing on my bookshelf since I was a kid. I don't know why I ignored it for so long. Maybe it was the title, maybe it was the cover- it just looked suspiciously like one of those novels that was going to pretend to be a fun read, but deep down be... ED_ U_ CA_ TION_ AL- aaaaaaaaaaaaa! So now as a grown up, purging my overflowing bookshelves, I realized the time had come once and for all to either pitch it or read it already. I am so glad I read it. This is an American Girl This book has been languishing on my bookshelf since I was a kid. I don't know why I ignored it for so long. Maybe it was the title, maybe it was the cover- it just looked suspiciously like one of those novels that was going to pretend to be a fun read, but deep down be... ED_ U_ CA_ TION_ AL- aaaaaaaaaaaaa! So now as a grown up, purging my overflowing bookshelves, I realized the time had come once and for all to either pitch it or read it already. I am so glad I read it. This is an American Girl book before there were American Girl books: the setting is Washington DC in 1812, and told from the point of view of eleven year old Dorsy, who is preoccupied by her own everyday problems and adventures. That is, until one hot summer day when the British do something no one suspects: they arrive, battle-ready, in Chesapeake Bay. Brady is adept at portraying how the surprise arrival of war on their doorstep affects each of the novel's characters differently, and in particular how children tend to see the world through the lens of their own personal needs and desires. The only thing that would be better is if, like the American Girl novels, there were a series of additional books featuring Dorsy and her continuing adventures that I could read next. Sniff.

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