I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Nathan Hale's new series, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales! But first, I have to tell you that I do not enjoy reading about history. Any history. I'm not proud of it, but that's the way it is. I need to have my facts wrapped in some kind of fiction and frequently enjoy historical fiction (as my reviews will attest to) but I just don't like reading works of non-fiction. I don't like reading books about battles, either. And, while Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales have a lot of historical facts and battles (appropriately bloody, meaning just graphic enough to keep boys interested but not awake at night) I find the books in this series to be entirely readable and completely, utterly enjoyable. Besides the awesome, incredible fact that the author/illustrator of this great new series has the same name as the actual historical figure himself, Hale happens to be the superb artist who provided the illustrations for Shannon and Dean Hale's (no relation) excellent graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. And, Nathan Hale has a ridiculously creative imagination and a great sense of humor. I laughed out loud over and over as I read One Dead Spy, the first book in the series.
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