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A SPY CALLED JAMES The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

by | Read by Rodney Gardiner

Children Ages 6+ • 14 mins. • Unabridged • © 2016

James, an enslaved man who took the surname Lafayette, thanks to his wartime benefactor, served as a double agent for Washington's army during the American Revolution and then was returned to slavery. Narrator Rodney Gardiner, in a confident, deep voice, delivers Anne Rockwell's spare text with respect and authenticity. Brief gaps correspond with page turns, inviting listeners to examine the illustrated book. Background sound effects--countryside songbirds, tramping feet in army encampments--are unobtrusive but sometimes seem superfluous. The most confusing element of the production is the placement of the author's note. The background information on James is important and interesting--but on the recording is situated after the closing credits, which to most listeners signify the end of the audiobook. C.M.A. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2018]

Trade Ed. • Dreamscape • 2017

CD ISBN 9781520066172 $14.99 • One CDs

DD ISBN $6.99

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