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The Boston Coffee Party

Illustrator:Emily Arnold McCullyPublisher:StarWalk Kids Media
Genre:Historical FictionFiction:Fiction
Target Age:5 - 8Grade:1 - 3
Pages:64Subject:Social Studies
Social Studies/History, U.S.
Narration:yesLexile Level:340L
Guided Reading Level:LReading:RL.2.3 RL.3.5 RL.1.7
Writing:W.2.3W.3.4W.1.8Speaking and Listening:SL.2.2
Language:L.2.4AR Level:2.7
AR Quiz:44217


Times are hard in colonial Boston during the Revolutionary War. Greedy Merchant Thomas is overcharging for sugar.Then he locks up all the coffee so he can overcharge for that too! Young Sarah Homans wants to teach him a lesson, and Merchant Thomas is about to attend a party he won't soon forget! This story is based upon a real event that Abigail Adams told John Adams about in a letter.

Editorial Reviews


Kindergarten-Grade 3. There really was a "Boston Coffee Party'' during the American Revolution in which women punished a selfish merchant who was hoarding his coffee bean stock during the wartime shortage until the price was high enough for profit. Rappaport tells a story based on this historic detail from the point of view of two young sisters of that time, in words that are easy to read but convey the feelings of the time and the action of the plot.

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