Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I was looking for some quick graphic novels to read, when I saw someone checking out these children’s nonfiction graphic novels that looked interesting. I decided to try a few of them, and I’m glad I did, because they are fun, informative, and quick reads.

The series is Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale. The premise of these books is the spy Nathan Hale (from the Revolutionary War) is about to be hung by the British, when a giant history book eats him and he comes back and persuades his captors to stall his execution by telling stories of historically important events, kind of like the 1,001 Arabian Nights. I know this premise sounds weird, but it actually works really well because each graphic novel has Nathan Hale telling the story to both the British Officer and the hangman himself (who is probably the funniest character throughout)!

Some of my favorite books from this series are Raid of No Return (about World War II fighter pilots in the Pacific), The Underground Abductor (about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad), and Big Bad Ironclad (about ship battles during the Civil War, with a starring role for William Cushing who is from Wisconsin). I really like these books because even though they are marketed towards children, I still learn new things I never knew about interesting history events. I hope Nathan Hale continues to make these, because I will continue reading them!

Located in Children’s Nonfiction Graphic Novels

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