A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy is a 1996 Children's history book by Jim Murphy. It is about the American Revolution and is based on the writings of Joseph Plumb Martin.

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
AuthorJim Murphy
SubjectChildren's non-fiction, US history,
Published1996 (Clarion Books)
Publication placeUSA
Media typePrint (hardback)



The School Library Journal in a review of A Young Patriot, called it "An outstanding example of history brought to life through the experience of one individual"[1] and Booklist wrote "Although source notes would have been a welcome addition, young readers researching the military and social history of the American Revolution will find this an excellent resource."[1] In a star review Kirkus Reviews wrote "This work offers a view of the Revolutionary War missing from most books--instead of the broad sweep of dramatic events and change, readers see the daily misery, boredom, confusion, terror, and only occasional triumph of army life. Murphy provides the best of both, the drama and the grind, appeasing readers' fascination with war without romanticizing it."[2]

The Cooperative Children's Book Center called it a " well-documented, carefully developed narrative".[3]

Awards and nominations



  1. ^ a b "A young patriot : the American Revolution as experienced by one boy". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved November 23, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "A Young Patriot: The American Revolution As Experienced By One Boy". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy". ccbc.education.wisc.edu. University of Wisconsin–Madison. Archived from the original on August 12, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Jim Murphy". ala.org. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved November 23, 2016.