Other Works

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 debtor’s 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.

Young cleric Matthias Sykes’ life is radically changed by the mysterious Ottoman counselor Sokollu and by the Caliph’s gift, a pair of elegant throwing daggers. A darkly cryptic message engraved on their hilts proves prophetic, and young Matthias is faced with a life-changing choice.

One of the Gundermen tried to trip me as I debarked.

I grabbed his throat and choked him, not letting go even when his eyes went white.

Just as his body started to go slack, I smashed my cane’s head into his face three times, fiercely, for his earlier remark had put me in a dark mood —

“Love Triangle in the High Sierras” shows what can happen when a case of infatuation suddenly turns into a gunfight. A mini-drama set in the California cattle wars.

Gorgeously written … the author has done his research. These books are sure to spark curious minds.  

— Kerri Irish, ComfyReader book blog

An award-winning teacher lays out the basic rules of literary criticism in this accessible guide.

Beginning with the elements of the universal coming-of-age narrative,
“Kid Lit” shows young readers and general readers alike how to recognize story structure, class, gender, symbolism, trauma and Orientalism in children’s narratives.

Of value to all teachers, students, librarians, readers, literature lovers, and moviegoers.