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Thomas in danger
Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, c1999.
Physical Description:
170 p. : illustrations.
General Note:
Sequel to: Thomas.
Reading Level:
720 L Lexile
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Having lost their home when the Revolutionary War reached their part of rural Pennsylvania, Thomas and his family start a new life running an inn in Philadelphia, where Thomas finds new danger that takes him into captivity among the Iroquois.


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Thomas Bowden hates the Tories, the colonists who have sided with the English during the Revolutionary War. He especially hates their Native American allies who tortured and killed many of his neighbors in a terrible massacre.still, he and his mother, sister, and baby brother have reached the safety of Philadelphia-but not for long. When Thomas recognizes a Tory spy, he is kidnapped, made to join a wagon train bringing arms and supplies to the enemy, and then turned over to a group of Mohawk fighters.Thomas fears the worst. Instead, over a winter spent in the Mohawk village, he discovers that truth in his wartime world is far more complicated than he ever imagined.Thomas is back, in an exciting and thought-provoking American Adventure!

Author Notes

Bonnie Pryor was born in California and raised in Spokane, Washington. She has lived in Ohio with her husband Robert and six children for the last 30 years. She has written 32 books, both picture books and novels for elementary age children. Her books include mysteries, family stories and historical fiction. Many of the family stories are loosely based on true family incidents and she often use her own children as characters in her books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Horn Book Review

In this sequel to [cf2]Thomas[cf1], the Bowden family moves to Pennsylvania and begins running an inn while Mr. Bowden fights in the Revolutionary War. A chance encounter at the inn causes Thomas to be kidnapped by Tory gunrunners, who eventually hand him over to Iroquois Indians. Despite a predictable story line, the plot moves quickly and many characters have a surprising measure of complexity. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

This first entry in the American Adventures series is set during the Revolutionary War. When Mr. Bowden joins the Continental army to fight the British, Thomas Bowden, his mother and siblings, Emma and Ben, are forced to flee over the Pocono Mountains to Philadelphia and their Aunt Rachel's home. Arriving at her sister's door in a pauper-like state, Mrs. Bowden encounters new owners who are far less than friendly. The Jessups offer Mrs. Bowden a job as their servant only if she is willing to send Emma and Ben to the poorhouse. Rachel's former servant, Lottie, comes to the aid of the Bowdens, helping them move into the Peach Tree Inn to provide meals for sea captains and businessmen. After overhearing a Tory spy make elicit plans to divert supplies from the Patriot army to the British, Thomas is kidnapped and taken to live with the Iroquois. Despite kindness shown to him, Thomas never fully assimilates into his new way of life and is left behind by the Iroquois when a Patriot army arrives to destroy their village. Pryor's point, that there are always two sides to every issue, as well as substantial common ground, won't be lost on readers, as both the Iroquois and the Patriots were fighting battles for independence. The historical details are vivid, the action unfolds at a strong pace, and as the exciting story concludes, the author's parting comments will make readers reflect anew on American history. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. In the sequel to Thomas (1998), Thomas Bowden, his mother, and younger brother and sister have made their way to Philadelphia after surviving an Iroquois raid that destroyed their farm. When they arrive, they find that their relatives, Tory sympathizers, have sold all their property except a ramshackle inn and fled the city. Mrs. Bowden reopens the inn, and life is returning to normal when Thomas stumbles onto a Tory plot, is kidnapped, and left, desperately ill, with the Iroquois. Thomas plans his escape for months, but during that time he learns that nothing is as simple as he once thought: war isn't glorious, the Iroquois are not demons and their culture has great value, atrocities have been committed by all parties in the conflict, and each group believes it has the right to protect its homes and way of life. The tone is never preachy, and the message is not heavy-handed. Thomas comes to his understandings gradually, even remaining conflicted about some issues. Pryor also packs lots of action into her story, and although she brings this chapter in Thomas' wartime adventures to a deft close, children will be eager to meet Thomas again. Part of the American Adventure series. --Chris Sherman

Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This book picks up where Thomas (Morrow, 1998) left off. After their home is burned to the ground, Thomas Bowden, his mother, his sister, and his baby brother travel to Philadelphia, intending to stay with his mother's sister. Although his father has joined the Continental army, Thomas soon learns that many of his countrymen have taken the side of the British and have stood aside while Iroquois Indians (who also sympathize with the British) torture patriots. Upon arrival at her sister's home in Philadelphia, Thomas's mother discovers that her sister and her husband have been driven away because they are British sympathizers, but she has left behind an inn that Mrs. Bowden then runs. When Thomas overhears several men discussing Tory spy activities, he is kidnapped. Thus begins his adventure as he survives a severe illness, fear of being killed by his kidnappers, an attack by soldiers, and life as a captive in an Indian village. As in Elizabeth Speare's popular The Sign of the Beaver (Houghton, 1983), the main character discovers that the Indians are real people with sorrows, pride, and happiness just like his own family. He comes to respect and be accepted into their village. Eventually, he is given the choice to stay with his Indian family or return home. Ironically, the village is attacked and burned to the ground by soldiers who are friends of the boy's father. Pryor gives an honest glimpse into a young boy's maturing sense of worldview. She reveals his insecurities and the fear and apprehension felt during the Revolutionary War. The plot moves quickly and will hold young readers' interest.-Julie Shatterly, York County Public Library, Rock Hill, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.