Tuesday, May 3, 2016

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Alamo All Stars by Nathan Hale


From Nathan Hale, #1 New York Times bestselling author and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List maker, comes the definitive graphic novel about the Alamo.

Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant readers and fans of history alike.

In the early 1800s, Texas was a wild and dangerous land fought over by the Mexican government, Native Americans, and settlers from the United States. Beginning with the expeditions of the so-called “Land Pirates,” through the doomed stand at the Alamo, and ending with the victory over Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, the entire Texas saga is on display. Leading the charge to settle this new frontier is Stephen F. Austin, with a cast of dangerous and colorful characters, including Jim Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and others.

Through his vivid depiction and additional maps, and biographies located in the back of the book, Nathan Hale brings new insight for students, teachers, and historians into one of the most iconic structures in the United States.


Nathan Hale has created another fabulous graphic account of a series of important historic events.  While I was familiar with parts of the story, there were other parts that I wasn't aware of and so I ended up learning a lot.  It's always fun for me to learn things from books that are also highly entertaining.  Not that the story of the Alamo is a particularly happy one, all the defenders died after all, and there remain many questions about what exactly happened (such as when and where Davy Crockett died).  I appreciate the fact that Hale is careful to point out parts of the story that are speculation or based on stories of uncertain origin.  This series is a fabulous way for young readers to catch a glimpse of important historical events and some of the people who lived through them.  The sacrifices made by many involved create a rather interesting picture as do the tales of those fiery few who helped win the day.

1 comment:

  1. This could be part of an interesting discussion about uncertainty in a history class. Thanks for highlighting the title!


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