The Sons of Liberty (Sons of Liberty Series #1)

The Sons of Liberty (Sons of Liberty Series #1)

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Forget everything you thought you knew about America's early days-history packs a punch in this full-color, two-fisted, edge-of-your-seat adventure!


Graphic novels are a revolution in literature, and The Sons of Liberty is a graphic novel like no other. Visual and visceral, fusing historical fiction and superhero action, this is a tale with broad appeal-for younger readers who enjoy an exciting war story, for teenagers asking hard questions about American history, for adult fans of comic books, for anyone seeking stories of African American interest, and for reluctant readers young and old.


In Colonial America, Graham and Brody are slaves on the run-until they gain extraordinary powers. At first they keep a low profile. But their mentor has another idea-one that involves the African martial art dambe . . . and masks.


With its vile villains, electrifying action, and riveting suspense, The Sons of Liberty casts new light on the faces and events of pre-Revolution America, including Ben Franklin and the French and Indian War. American history has rarely been this compelling-and it's never looked this good.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449812662
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Series: Sons of Liberty Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 65 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Alexander Lagos is the coauthor (with his brother Joseph) of the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty. Married with children, he works as a woodcarver in Houston, Texas.

Joseph Lagos is the coauthor (with his brother Alexander) of the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty. Married with children, he works as a woodcarver in Houston, Texas.

Steve Walker is a freelance comics artist who teaches sequential art at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He attends several comic conventions a year, where he sells commissioned drawings of superheroes. Walker is one of the illustrators of the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Oren Kramek is a freelance graphic artist and one of the illustrators of the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty. He was born in Israel and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Sons of Liberty: Death and Taxes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When one runaway slave returns by force to the plantation by a cruel bounty hunter and dogs, two boys find themselves in trouble - deadly trouble. In order to avoid death, they run from the plantation in search of a man who just might help them survive. They believe Benjamin Lay will help hide them until they can find a safe place. While trying to find him, they run across William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, conducting experiments of electricity through animals. The boys become infused with powers they don't understand. Their eyes glow and they can become extraordinarily strong and athletic. The boys might be just what the country needs in times of trouble and injustice. They simply need to stay hidden and keep their powers to themselves to survive. This start of a new series that blends history with the supernatural is very intriguing. I love the artwork; it simply leaps off the pages. However, the story is a little confusing as it jumps around. It's hard keeping track of the people and pieces of the tale that do not seem relevant. I'm curious to see where this series will go next.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a panelist.An unusual story, not what I was expecting going into it. Set in pre-revolutionary America the story revolves around two young runaway slave boys, their cruel owner and his son, and a vicious slave hunter. Then there is the lone Quaker who decries slavery and helps slaves to try to escape and Benjamin Franklin, famous for his experiments with electricity among many things, and also the friend of slaves; also his mean-spirited son who seems to have something to prove to his father by doing something greater than him through whatever means are necessary. The story centres on the two boys' escape, their being hunted, near captures, those who help them along the way, and the evil experiment that is done to them at one point which gives them superpowers along with glowing eyes. They are trained in an ancient African martial art by the only living survivor in the New World and given ancient relics and masks on his deathbed. The story ends historically at the time when Franklin is called to go to England for diplomatic duties.The art is gorgeous and the first thing that struck me so that I had to briefly glance through the book to take a further look before I actually started reading. The artwork is very dark both in subject matter and palette, which matches the plot. All frames are bordered with black and the primary colour used throughout is shades of brown with an accent of green, with fight sections done in a violet blue and a few sections done in shades of red to create another mood. When the frequent use of dark, shadowy figures isn't in play the drawing is beautifully detailed and realistic.I found the story fascinating. The Prologue did have me a bit confused and I did go back and read it after I'd finished the book to understand it. But once the main story started, which is pure historical fiction for the beginnings, I was hooked. Then when the science fiction/fantasy elements are added the story does become rather unusual and very unique. I certainly will say I enjoyed the story but it did seem to lose a bit of cohesion with the mixing of the sci-fi powers and the 'real' aspects of the story. The ending had an Epilogue which I would have been happier without as it showed what one expected to come next yet the narrative text was metaphorical and left this reader a with a bit "hmph". I'm intrigued and enjoyed the story enough that I have no hesitation in adding the next book to my must read list next year.As to age appropriateness, this is definitely a Teen book. There is a lot of violence and plenty of blood. The violence can be squeamish but is not extreme. Their is some language. Meaning a few harsh profanities used very sparingly. I'm comfortable recommending for the average 13+ but some parents may be more comfortable with a 15+ recommendation.
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding speculative historical fiction. What if Ben Franklin's son were an evil scientist? What if his electrical experiment on two boys he captured (while they were running away from a life of slavery)left them with superpowers? What if these boys were then raised by a Quaker abolitionist who taught them the African martial art of Dambe?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago