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Gingerbread for Liberty!
How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Garden State Children's Book Award, 2018
Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2018
Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A sweet addition to Revolutionary War units." School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW

"Rockliff’s story celebrates an unheralded historical figure, reinforces the value of creatively employing one’s skills, and reminds readers that heroes can be found in surprising places."  Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW

"A real-life Revolutionary baker who's as enchanting as he is heroic, portrayed in illustrations that look good enough to eat. Readers will be back for seconds."  Shelf Awareness *STARRED REVIEW

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Christopher Ludwick is a German-born American patriot with a big heart and a talent for baking the best gingerbread in Philadelphia. No one goes hungry if he can help it--"Not in my America!" he says. When cries of "Revolution!" begin, Christopher marches off to feed General Washington and his hungry troops. But Washington never expects his favorite baker to sneak off on a risky secret mission across enemy lines...
    Brought to life by Vincent Kirsch's innovative cut-paper illustrations, Gingerbread for Liberty! is the story of an unsung hero of the Revolutionary War who changed the course of history--one delicious mouthful at a time.

by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
Picture Book
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN 978-0-5441-3001-2

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"Kirsch’s jovial cut-paper illustrations, in warm tones of ginger and cinnamon, complement the playful patriotism of Rockliff’s text." The New York Times

"This appealing concoction is a powerful reminder of the good one person can do."
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