E at the valley where the planned ambush is to take place the target of the attack turns out to be a group of fearsome Hessian soldiers formidable German mercenaries paid by the British to fight the war in defense of King George s crown overseas The ambush doesn t go well and the American fighting force with which Jonathan has been traveling is subseuently scattered every man for himself Three Hessians catch up to Jonathan and eventually capture him and he is led along as their prisoner until they find an abandoned home at which they can spend the night Is the house truly abandoned though or is there something waiting for them at their bivouacking site Jonathan s fortunes are now inextricably tied in with those of the three Hessians that have him however they haven t hurt him at all yet and don t seem to intend him any harm When Jonathan is given the opportunity to turn the tables on his captors how far will he be willing to go to exact revenge on soldiers that he #has been told are the enemy In the end on whose #been told are the enemy In the end on whose does Jonathan really want to fight Avi does a nice ob in The Fighting Ground of telling an historical tale without sounding like a school textbook and without pushing particular lessons onto the reader There s a lot to be learned from reading this book but any conclusions are left to each of us to draw from the story on our own Personally speaking I would say that anyone who could make it out alive after fighting in the Revolutionary War was a lucky individual indeed though the physical and mental scars might very well have lasted for the remainder of that preserved life All in all I think that The Fighting Ground is a good book and I might give it two and a half stars I am honestly very disappointed in this book mostly because it s Save the Cupcake! just flat out boring My Language and Literature teacher loves the author Avi and is making us do a book report on one of his books I read about 20 pages of the book andust stopped since I was so bored I usually like historical fiction and thought this book would be interesting but disappointingly it wasn t As a part of my eigth grade english class we had a year long reading assignment in which we were forced to read 2 books per uarter one of our choice and one from a list our teacher compiled of a certain genre At the third uarter of school a list of war books was forced upon us I found Avi on the list and figured I d read the book he had written because I had read Crispin beforehand and really enjoyed that I really didn t know what I was getting into when I picked up the skinny copy of this book off the library shelf I reread it a while ago and Loved It Just As MuchI it Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, just as muchI barely put this book down both times I read it I literally felt almost everything Jonathan did I found myself on the edge of my seat at times and at other times holding my breath and crying and wanting to kick something cause I got so angry I don t know how Avi does that but it sust amazing how he puts you in the character s shoes Great book TSP Great book Avi will remain in my heart as an amazing author If you ve read All uiet on the Western Front you ll know what I mean when I describe this book This twenty four hour glimpse at war is not Tressed to Kill just profoundly and intensely moving to the character but to the reader as well It s sobering confusing horrible raw and gritty Simply put it s the stark realities of war stripped of its glory scenesWhen Jonathan decides. For gloryust like his brother and cousinSo when Jonathan hears the tavern bell toll calling men to fight he runs to oin them He doesn't rea. ,
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To go against his father s wishes and run off to war he has glorious expectations of what battle and his exaggerated character will procure It doesn t take long for him to realize how ignorant he is and how much he ust wants to be a #little kid at home againbecause of the intensity #kid at home againBecause of the intensity this book and the themes it conveys I would recommend it for a maturer audience than the book itself recommends It would make for a excellent family read aloud you d be able to omit the language and have some truly deep and meaningful discussionsAges 12Cleanliness over fifteen times the word dmn is used God s name is used in vain a number of times throughout the book It mentions someone peeing their pants A boy sees two dead bodies that of a man and woman and while he buries them it provides some detail of their decay Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book so you ll know ust how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up your book before reading it Visit my website Jonathan suddenly realized that he had never seen an enemy soldier before He had seen Tories but hateful as they were they were only Americans What he was seeing right before him were real enemies foreign ones the most awful ones the cruel German speaking kindDown the road the Hessian officer waved his sword and shouted something to his men The drum began to beat again The fife played high reedy notes From behind Jonathan felt the wind cold again his neck The gun swaying felt heavy Spread out a bit the Corporal ordered Don t give so much target Everyone shifted When I give the call he continued the first line fires Then the second moves on forward You on the first line you step back and load again You get that Two rounds a minute boys two Jonathan s heart sank TWO ROUNDS A MINUTE He couldn t do it He wished he d practiced The tramp of the soldiers cut through
HIS REGRETS JONATHAN TURNED THE HESSIANS THEIR RED ANDregrets Jonathan turned The Hessians their red and legs moving in high stepping winking unison had begun once to advance Their guns rose beside their golden caps pp 44 45 Great book I definitely would have given it 5 stars if it wasn t so slow at the beginning Also I have to say thank you to my teacher for making me read this book because I definitely wouldn t have if she didn t and I wouldn t have had the great experience of reading it the book is basically about this kid named onathan he is only 14 and wants to oin the revolutionairy war so what he does is he runs away from home and he goes and oins later after he gets auainted he feels so proud that he has oined and when the town bell sounds everybody scrambles and now he has to oin the was for real this time and when he does he sees things he has never seen before and he is suddenly stuck in the most frightining position ever he thinks he is surrounded but it tourns out to be some body else this book connects to me i have to make big choices all the time i have to choose what middle school i want to go to i have to choose tio do good in school and do well i have to choose what to say and what not to ust like onathan he had to choose to leave his family to do what he thinks is right and to him he thinks he made the right choice i gave this book 2 stars because i thought that it was an alright book but i thought that it could have been suspenceful and i tho. Lize that in ust twenty four hours his life will be forever altered by the war by his fellow soldiers and by the terrible choices he must make.
13 year oldyear old will never forget as much as he may try Against his parents instructions Jonathan takes off for the battlefield after hearing the tavern bell toll He s sure he is ready
for fighting the British after all he can handle a gun But when they meet Hessians uponfighting the British after all he can handle a gun But when they meet Hessians upon road and the day turns bloody his perception of glory is not what he thought Captured fearful and in pain Jonathan has no choice but to rely on these strangers for mercyyet when they happen upon a deserted farm house his anger surfaces He s sure these Hessians killed the mother and father a while ago and left a young boy alone in the barn But as time goes on he begins to doubt his first assumption The Hessians actions do not mimic the atrocity Jonathan escapes with the young boy and meets up with his troop and the events that led up to the killing #Become Crystal Clear Those Jonathan Was Once Fearful Of Are #crystal clear Those Jonathan was once fearful of are the same now He struggles with loyalties compassion and choices Told in one 24 hour day this story surrounding events that happen during The American Revolution are brutally realistic and bloody A glimpse into battle conditions on The Fighting Ground are not sugar coated and the reality of hundreds of lives lost is staggering Used for Hiawatha Book Talk December 2010 A boy fights with out permission He learns that its not as cool as he thought It was so scary to him he ran away from his first battle and gets lost He finds some strange soldiers They speak another language The boys name is Jonathan They all go to a house that has been abandoned There is a cow tied to a fence He is confused about where these soldiers are from He is also a little scared When reading this I might have been as scared as Jonathan was That is what makes this a realistic book Because it makes you feel like you are there during this historical event I realy like this book The greatest strength of The Fighting Ground as I see it is in the realistic way that a twenty four hour period of combat in the times of the American Revolution is portrayed Instead of chapters the book is divided into segments of minutes on a clock as thirteen year old Jonathan finds himself overmatched and in over his head as part of a small regiment of vigilante American soldiers with a commander who will stop at nothing to gain victory for their side Though his father has been crippled fighting in the Revolutionary War Jonathan desperately wants to oin the fighting himself as the book opens What could be better than playing the role of hero in defense of one s own people and nation battling to rebuff the dreaded enemy that seeks to tear down one s homeland Gardening at home in a still peaceful part of the country Jonathan longs to oin the action and do some real good for his country While standing and listening one day to a military man near the local tavern calling for a few good men to help him on a vital mission Jonathan is surprised when even he at his young age is asked to partake of the operation Eager to get in on the war however he can he accepts the role offered to him and goes off with a band of ragtag soldiers to do a little fighting The next twenty four hours are vastly different than Jonathan had ever imagined The gun assigned to him is six feet long and enormously heavy yet he must bear the burden himself and keep up a fast marching speed alongside his fellow soldiers to boot When they finally do arriv. April 3 1778 He may be ust thirteen but Jonathan knows he's ready to go to the war against the British He can handle a gun He yearns to battle.