The hot summer of 1814 brought unheard of threats to Maryland and the entire country. After burning public buildings in Washington--the new U.S. capital--a British fleet carrying four thousand soldiers set its sights on the bustling port to the North. During three monotonous days that featured a land battle and bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore's defenders sent the invaders packing and "The Star-Spangled Banner" was born.
Imagine flying into such a frightening event--an event that literally shaped the nation--on the back of a magical raven. Daniel does just that. A boy who is bored by dry classroom lessons in history, he asks a legitimate question: Why should we care about events that happened two hundred years ago? Calvert, the raven, resoundingly answers this question.
2012, Jonathan Scott Fuqua, 32 pages, hardcover