The Illustrated Colonials

Heroes coming of age... and changing history.

Six rich kids from around the globe join the Bostonian cause, finding love and treachery along the path to liberty. A new perspective one on of history’s most fascinating moments.

Amply illustrated edition of a young-adult historical fiction novella. Unique entry into the robust universe of graphic novels and illustrated books. An attention-getting front-list literary property featuring multicultural characters and settings. Classic adventure of enduring quality designed to backlist.

A celebration of America from a new global perspective, The Illustrated Colonials features a wealth of original illustrations by rising artists Cristina Pritelli, Mai Nguyen, Simon Gardner, Timothee Mathon, Lorenzo Natale, and others.  The story’s dramatic visuals range from painterly portraits to storybook landscapes and moody cinematic action sequences. Innovative design by Dennis Umaly of Javelin Design.            

An entertaining adventure that revisits the original spirit of the American Revolution as well as its global impact.

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Suggested Reading: Robert Morris

In this biography, the acclaimed author of Sons of Providence , winner of the 2007 George Washington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washington’s armies and the American Revolution. 


Morris started life in the colonies as an apprentice in a counting house. By the time of the Revolution he was a rich man, a commercial and social leader in Philadelphia. He organized a clandestine trading network to arm the American rebels, joined the Second Continental Congress, and financed George Washington’s two crucial victoriesValley Forge and the culminating battle at Yorktown that defeated Cornwallis and ended the war. The leader of a faction that included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Washington, Morris ran the executive branches of the revolutionary government for years. 


He was a man of prodigious energy and adroit management skills and was the most successful businessman on the continent. He laid the foundation for public credit and free capital markets that helped make America a global economic leader. But he incurred powerful enemies who considered his wealth and influence a danger to public “virtue” in a democratic society. 


After public service, he gambled on land speculations that went bad, and landed in debtors prison, where George Washington, his loyal friend, visited him. This once wealthy and powerful man ended his life in modest circumstances, but Rappleye restores his place as a patriot and an immensely important founding father.

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