Jane Addams Award

“McCully, at the top of her game, takes a rather sophisticated piece of history and writes it in a way that will draw children. ¬†Fascinating.”


“Straightforward and unapologetic in delivery, this offering stands as a noteworthy effort to add complexity to the mythology surrounding the country’s first president. . . . Gutsy–and very nicely done.”


“A nuanced presentation of what the early days of liberty looked like to those whose liberty was restricted.”

-Chicago Tribune

“The watercolor paintings, often circular cameos on the page, along with the text, create a good sense of household life and the rising issues of slavery in these early days of the new republic.”

-School Library Journal

“Sentence after sentence . . . cut[s] like the flick of a whip.”

-Washington Post Book World