Learn history with comics!
I’ve been looking for some fun, middle grade history books for a while now, so I was very excited to find Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales.
Hazardous Tales is a graphic novel series narrated by Nathan Hale, a captain of the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army (and the author’s namesake). Convicted for spying on the British, Nathan Hale is about to be hanged—when suddenly, he is swallowed up by a giant history book that gives him a vast knowledge of history beyond his own lifetime. With his jovial hangman and moody British officer as his audience/commentators, Nathan Hale begins to tell stories from history, beginning with his own story in the American Revolution.
There are six books in the series so far, and all the stories are very well researched. Grownups will appreciate all the historical details and kids will love the humor provided by Nathan Hale’s two sidekicks. Graphic novels are a great way to entice reading-averse kids into books too. Why not learn some history while they’re at it? I also love that these books highlight important side players of major historical events.
Here are few of our favorites.
Book 1: One Dead Spy
The story of the American Revolutionary War from Nathan Hale’s perspective. With colorful characters like Henry Knox, Ethan Allen, Thomas Knowlton, it reads like a true swashbuckling adventure.
Book 2: Big Bad Ironclad
The story of ironclad ships that revolutionized naval warfare during the Civil War. Ironclad ships Merrimack (Virginia) and Monitor clash in the Atlantic, with the fate of the union at stake. William Cushing takes center stage.
Book 5: The Underground Abductor
The story of Harriet Tubman. The story follows her from childhood to the end of Civil War. This one is packed with information about Harriet Tubman that I didn’t know about, like the fact that she had narcolepsy. She is a true American hero, and you can read all about her perilous adventures.
Read more about the series here.